Pope Shenouda III back in Egypt after US treatment

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CAIRO: The elderly head of the Coptic church Pope Shenouda III, returned to Egypt on Monday following four months of medical treatment in the United States, according to the official MENA news agency.

His Holiness Shenouda III returned to the country early on Monday morning from the United States after having overcome the longest and most difficult crisis he has had to face, it said.

Pope Shenouda, 85, broke a thigh bone in early June and was taken to the United States where he was treated in a hospital in Cleveland, Ohio.

He can now walk… without difficulty after four months of treatment at a hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, MENA said.

The Coptic leader, who suffers from back pain and kidney problems, has previously sought treatment in Germany and the United States.

Egypt s Copts – the largest Christian community in the Middle East – account for an estimated six to 10 percent of the country s 76 million inhabitants. -AFP

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