Desert hermit in Egypt. Helped lead Saint Patermutius to the faith. At age 45 he was arrested in the persecutions of Julian the Apostate for refusing to sacrifice to idols. Through flattery and the offer of riches, Julian convinced Copra to renounce Christianity. Copra was then sent to convince Patermutius to apostasize. Instead, Patermutius convinced Copra to return to Christianity. For this, Julian had Copra’s tongue torn out of his head, and had him thrown into a furnace with Patermutius. The two were unharmed by the flames, and were seen standing in the fire and praying; this show of faith and strength brought Saint Alexander of Egypt to convert. Copra was pulled from the furnance and executed. Martyr.
- beheaded c.363 in Egypt
- relics enshrined in Rome, Italy
- when the church of their shrine was demolished, Pope Pius V had them re-enshrined in the church of San Angelus in Italy
- some relics enshrined in the church of Sante Maria in Vallicella, Italy
- “Saint Copra of Egypt“. CatholicSaints.Info. 9 July 2016. Web. 24 October 2016. <>