Christendom lost one of its stalwart patriarchs yesterday. Pope Shenouda III of Africa died after a long and productive life. He was a rock to his people, who are suffering terribly. He suffered with them and the outpouring of grief is palpable. In my OCA parish our priest made the announcment and likened him to Moses. I think this was an apt analogy.
May his memory be eternal!
Source: BBC News
Thousands mourn Egypt’s Coptic Pope Shenouda III
Tens of thousands of Egyptian Coptic Christians have held an overnight vigil in Cairo to mourn the death of their spiritual leader, Pope Shenouda III.
Many wept as they prayed for the pope outside the city’s main cathedral.
The vigil was followed by a Sunday morning Mass, with the dead pope’s body sat in the papal chair dressed in ceremonial robes.
He died at the age of 88 on Saturday, after reportedly suffering from cancer. He led the Church for four decades.
Coptic Christians make up 10% of Egypt’s population of 80 million, making them the Middle East’s largest Christian minority.
After attacks on Coptic Christians in recent years, Pope Shenouda had urged officials to do more to address the community’s concerns.
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