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5 Copts crushed to death at Pope’s tomb

By AFP CAIRO: Five Egyptian Copts, including two teenage girls, were crushed to death at the tomb of their spiritual leader Pope Shenouda III who died last week, security officials told AFP. A 13-year-old girl was among those who were killed at the St Bishoy monastery in Wadi Natrun, northwest of Cairo, where Shenuda was …

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Political role of Pope Shenouda overshadows the selection of his successor

By Safaa Abdoun CAIRO: As the Coptic community grapples to deal with the loss of its spiritual leader Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria, the politics that was associated with his role as a de facto representative of the group the is now shaping the debate about his successor. “As the guardian to the Coptic community the …

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Egyptian Christians await new pope, debate role

By Yasmine Saleh and Abdel Rahman Youssef / Reuters CAIRO: Picking a new pope for Egypt’s Orthodox church could take months, officials said on Sunday, allowing debate to gather pace among Christians over the political role the next leader should have as Islamists rise to power. Pope Shenouda, who died on March 17, led the Coptic …

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Pope Shenouda buried, Christians anxious

By Hamza Hendawi and Maggie Michael / AP WADI NATROUN: Pope Shenouda III, a giant figure for 40 years at the helm of Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church, has been laid to rest in a desert monastery after a moving funeral Mass at a Cairo cathedral attended by tens of thousands. Shenouda’s death brought an outpouring of …

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Thousands flock to Pope Shenouda’s funeral, burial

By Agencies ST BISHOY MONASTERY: Egypt’s Coptic Pope Shenuda was laid to rest on Tuesday in a monastery in the Egyptian desert, amid hysterical scenes as thousands of mourners mobbed to get close to his coffin. Following a funeral service at Cairo’s St Mark’s Cathedral, Shenouda’s body was flown some 100 kilometers (60 miles) by …

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Copts gather from across Egypt to see off Pope Shenouda

By  Samer al-Atrush / AFP CAIRO: They came from across Egypt, the poor, old women in black, young tattooed men in their rough work clothes, clamoring to get inside the cathedral grounds for Coptic Pope Shenouda III’s funeral on Tuesday. Many had camped outside Cairo’s St Mark’s Cathedral since Monday night, after arriving by train from …

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Funeral underway for Egypt’s Coptic Pope

By AFP CAIRO: Hundreds of clergy and officials packed St Mark’s Cathedral in Cairo on Tuesday for the funeral service of Pope Shenouda III, the head of the Coptic Orthodox Church, who died aged 88 after a long battle with illness. Shenouda’s body, dressed in robes and a gold crown, lay in an open coffin …

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Christians pay final respects to Coptic Pope

By Agencies CAIRO: Tens of thousands of Coptic Christians lined up outside a cathedral in the Egyptian capital to pay their final respects to the spiritual leader of their ancient church, whose body was seated inside on an ornate throne. The grief of the faithful filing past Pope Shenouda III, who died Saturday at 88, …

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Parliament offers condolences on Pope Shenouda’s passing

By Heba Fahmy CAIRO: Members of Parliament stood for a minute of silence to mourn the passing of Pope Shenouda III, after offering their condolences to the Egyptian people during Monday’s session. Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria passed away on Saturday at the age of 88. His body is placed on the papal throne in the …

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EU leaders pay tribute to Coptic pope

By AFP BRUSSELS: European Union leaders on Sunday paid tribute to Egypt’s Coptic Pope Shenouda III, spiritual leader of the Middle East’s largest Christian minority, stressing his commitment to national unity. “Pope Shenouda III was a respected and visionary leader of the region’s largest Christian community, who advocated tolerance, religious dialogue and harmony,” EU chief …

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Copts mourn Pope Shenouda with eyes set on unclear future

By Reem Abdellatif CAIRO: Just hours after his announced death on Saturday, thousands of inconsolable Coptic Christians flocked to the Cairo and Alexandria Cathedrals, uniting to mourn the death of a leader and “father” figure, Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria. Shenouda’s body, dressed in a golden crown and formal robes, with a gold knobbed staff cradled …

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Five candidates that may succeed Pope Shenouda

By Essam Fadl CAIRO: Competition will intensify among five leaders of the Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Church to replace the late Pope Shenouda III, who passed away Saturday. The Holy Synod agreed on Sunday to appoint the Bishop Pachomious of Beheira as the acting Pope for two months until a new one is elected. Papal sources told …

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Copts prepare to bury Pope Shenouda

By Christophe de Roquefeuil / AFP CAIRO: Thousands of grieving Egyptian Copts streamed into St Mark’s Cathedral in Cairo on Sunday to catch a last glimpse of their spiritual leader Pope Shenouda III, taking pictures on their mobile phones and weeping. Shenouda died on Saturday aged 88, following a long illness, setting in motion the process …

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To Egypt’s Christians, pope was seen as protector

By Maggie Michael / AP CAIRO: At the last Christmas service he presided over, Pope Shenouda III praised the unusual guests seated among the faithful at his Cairo cathedral: Leaders from the conservative Muslim Brotherhood, generals from the ruling military. “For the first time in the history of the cathedral, it is packed with all types …

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Pope Benedict XVI offers prayers for Coptic Pope Shenouda III

By AFP VATICAN CITY: Pope Benedict XVI offered prayers Saturday for Egypt’s Coptic Pope Shenouda III who died on Saturday at the age of 88, a Vatican spokesman said. The Catholic pope expressed the desire that “the Lord welcomes this great pastor,” Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said in a statement. “We will never forget the …

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The Pope I knew

By Joseph Fahim This article is not an obituary to Pope Shenouda III, who passed away on Saturday, March 17 at the age of 88; nor is it an appraisal of his accomplishments or his position in modern Egyptian history. It’s also not a response to the incredibly tactless, offensive and disrespectful statements of some …

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Egypt’s Coptic Pope Shenuda III dies

By Samer al-Atrush  / AFP CAIRO: Egypt’s Coptic Pope Shenuda III, spiritual leader of the Middle East’s largest Christian minority, died on Saturday at the age of 88, state media and cathedral sources said. He had suffered health problems for years and recently stopped receiving treatment for liver failure and tumors or swelling in his lungs …

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