November 5, 2012

Diocese Rejoices at Choice of Abba Tawadrous as 118th Pope

On November 4, 2012, H.E. Metropolitan Pachomius and the Holy Synod of the Coptic Orthodox Church celebrated the Divine Liturgy at St. Mark Cathedral in Al Abbassiya, Cairo, Egypt and conducted the ancient apostolic tradition of the Altar Lot to choose the 118th Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria. The names of the three candidates — H.G. Bishop Roufail, H.G. Bishop Tawadrous, and Hegumen Fr. Raphael Ava Mina — were placed in a beautiful glass vase – …

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November 3, 2012

AP Photos: Egypt's minority Coptic Christians choose new pope

A blindfolded child reached into a crystal chalice and pulled out a slip of paper — and Egypt’s Coptic Christians had a new pope.

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November 3, 2012

Egypt's Coptic Christian church chooses new pope for uncertain times as Islamists gain power

Egypt’s ancient Coptic Christian Church named a new pope on Sunday to spiritually guide the community through a time when many fear for their future with the rise of Islamists to power and deter…

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October 29, 2012

Final Three Papal Candidates Announced for Altar Lot

After a very well organized and orderly day where events unfolded as expected, a total of 2256 out of 2417 (93,3%) eligible voters came to cast their vote. The final results were announced by H.E. Metropolitan Pakhomious: – H.G. Bishop Roufail 1980 votes – H.G. Bishop Tawadros 1623 votes – Fr. Roufail Ava Mina 1530 votes – Fr. Serafim Al-Souriany 680 votes – Fr. Bakhomious Al-Souriany 305 votes Based on these numbers the three candidates – …

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October 28, 2012

Egypt's Coptic Christian Church narrows candidates to succeed charismatic longtime pope

A council of Egypt’s Coptic Christians voted on Monday in a process that will lead to the selection of a new pope for the ancient church, as the community struggles to assert its identity and ri…

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October 19, 2012

Biographies of the Candidates for the 118th Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria

Age: 54, Born in Cairo, Egypt, 1958 Education: M.D., Ayn Shams University, Pope Shenouda III Seminary Graduate. Ordination: A monk at Paramous monastery in 1990 under the name of Fr. Yostos, Ordained a General Bishop in 1997. Profession: Medical Doctor Prior Name: Michael Aryan Halim Age: 60, Born in Mansor, Egypt – 1952 Education: Pharmacy Degree, Alexandria University, Seminary School Degree Fellowship with International Health Institute, England. Ordination: Ordained a monk in St. Pishoy Monastery – …

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October 19, 2012

Update Concerning the Election of the 118th Pope and Patriarch

With God’s grace, the Papal Nominations Committee of the Holy Synod of the Coptic Orthodox Church has thoroughly examined the list of 17 candidates for Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria. After giving each candidate much consideration, the list of 17 was reduced to a list of 5 names, which include: His Grace Bishop Rofail, General Bishop for the Downtown Cairo Churches His Grace Bishop Tawadrous, General Bishop in the Metropolitanate of El Beheira Fr. Raphael – …

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September 20, 2012

Summary of the Upcoming Process for Electing the 118th Pope and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark

On September 21, the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States (suscopts.org) issued a comprehensive summary of the upcoming process for nominating the 118th Pope and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark. We quote from this excellent guide: The Holy Synod has approved the final list of voters. There are 2405 voters who will take part in this historical event. The voting process for the 118th Pope of the See of Alexandria will – …

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September 13, 2012

Q&A: Coptic Christians on film sparking protests

The key figure behind “Innocence of Muslims,” a film denigrating Islam and the Prophet Muhammad, says he is Coptic Christian. The film has sparked protests in the Middle East and is implicated i…

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August 20, 2012

Practical and Mystical: Patriarch Kyrillos VI (1959-1971)

Today the memory of Kyrillos has become somewhat overshadowed by the steady news of miraculous interventions attributed to Kyrillos’s intercession after his passing away. In death his influence stretches far beyond Egypt. For example, one of the latest miracles that happened during the fall of 2005 unfolded in Iraq where his miraculous intervention rescued the American husband of a Coptic woman deployed there from certain death. In this essay I discuss some of the bases – …

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April 12, 2012

Defying ban, Egyptian Christians visit Jerusalem

After the death of their spiritual leader, more than 2,000 Egyptian Copts have poured into the Holy Land for the Easter holidays, defying a ban he imposed on visiting Jerusalem and other Israeli…

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March 16, 2012

Pope of Egypt's Coptic Christian Church dies

Pope Shenouda III, the patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church who led Egypt’s Christian minority for 40 years during a time of increasing tensions with Muslims, has died. He was 88.

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