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Egypt’s Coptic Church Chooses New Pope

posted on November 5, 2012

For the Associated Press, Aya Batrawy reports that, following the death of Pope Shenouda III, Bishop Tawadros was chosen to become the new leader of the Egyptian Coptic Church. “The papal election comes during a shift in Christian attitudes toward their relation to the state,” writes Batrawy. “For years, Christians largely relied on the church to secure protection for their rights, using Shenouda’s close relationship with [deposed President Hosni] Mubarak.”

Read at The Associated Press