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After Morsi, injustice persists for Egypt’s Copts

By Johannes Amin Makar Across the street from my cousin’s apartment in Rod al-Farag, an area in Cairo’s populated Shubra district, hangs a poster that depicts the former Coptic Pope Shenouda III. A note saying “many thanks to all Muslims who supported us in times of grief” marks the bottom of the photo. The thank …

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Columnists debate sectarian tensions in Egypt

After the recent incidents in front of St. Mark’s Cathedral, writers in major Egyptian newspapers have explored the issue of sectarian strife in the country, believing that the extremism spreading across Egypt is the primary cause of the sectarian violence. The road to fascism Mohamed Abul Ghar Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper Abul Ghar condemns the recent …

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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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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 …

DNE

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 …

DNE

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 …

DNE

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 …

DNE

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, …

DNE

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 …

DNE

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 …

DNE

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 …

DNE

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 …

DNE

Pope Shenouda expresses support for revolution, hopes for democracy

By Essam Fadl CAIRO: Pope Shenouda expressed his support to the revolution that ousted Hosni Mubarak’s regime and forced him to step down after 30 years in power. The Pope said in the first meeting of the Holy Synod after the Jan. 25 revolution that he hopes Egypt will become a democratic, civil country. The …

DNE

Pope Shenouda urges Copts to exercise restraint

By Essam Fadl CAIRO: Pope Shenouda urged Copts in his weekly sermon on Wednesday in Abbaseya Cathedral to exercise restraint until tension resulting from protests has subsided. In his sermon, the Pope referred to the state of anxiety that Egyptians are experiencing because of the protests, emphasizing that wisdom is necessary to overcome these hard …

DNE

6,000 Copts attend Pope’s sermon with tight security measures

By Essam Fadl CAIRO: Around 6,000 Copts attended Pope Shenouda III’s weekly sermon on Wednesday evening with tight security measures around the Cathedral’s headquarters in Abbaseya. It was the first after New Year’s attack on Al-Qeddesine (The Church of the Two Saints) and after the Pope’s return from a routine medical trip in the US. Shenouda …

DNE

Pope Shenouda says gov’t must address discrimination

By Farah Yousry CAIRO: Calling for calm in the wake of a deadly attack on an Alexandria church, Pope Shenouda III said the government must do its part by addressing the discrimination faced by Egypt’s Christian community. As hundreds of predominantly Christian protesters clashed with police forces in northern Cairo, Coptic Pope Shenouda III was interviewed …

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Pope Shenouda mulls canceling Christmas celebrations

By Essam Fadl CAIRO: Pope Shenouda ended his spiritual mediation at St. Bishoy Monastery in Wadi Notroun to go back to the Cathedral’s headquarters in Abbasiya on Sunday, meanwhile mulling whether or not to cancel Coptic Christmas celebrations. Some church leaders requested that the Jan. 7 Coptic Christmas celebrations be cancelled after the bombing of a …

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