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General Congregation to elect three bishops, one will succeed Coptic pope

Media advisor for Egyptian Evangelical Church clarifies selection process for choosing Pope Shenouda's successor

Ahram Online, Saturday 17 Mar 2012
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Pope Shenouda III died on Saturday at the age of 88
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A General Congregation formed of the Holy Synod of the Coptic Orthodox Church and the General Lay Council of the Church, which are part of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria, will vote on three candidates from a pool of several nominees, one of whom will succeed Pope Shenouda III, who died on Saturday at the age of 88.

The names of the three bishops will be written on three papers, and a blindfolded child will randomly pick the next pope.

According to Ekram Lamei, the media adviser of the Egyptian Evangelical Church, this final step is designed to include “the will of God."

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