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(PHOTO GALLERY) Egypt Coptic Church names 5 candidates to succeed Shenouda

Two bishops and three monks will stand in the upcoming election to appoint the successor to Pope Shenouda III who died in March

Sherry El-Gergawi, Saturday 13 Oct 2012
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The final five in the running to be next Coptic Orthodox Pope (Photo: Ahram Arabic news website)
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Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church has announced the names of the five candidates in the running to be the next Pope.
 
Two bishops and three monks have been chosen by an 18-member Church committee as potential successors to Pope Shenouda III, who died in March aged 88.
 
Bishop Pachomios, current head of the Orthodox Church, revealed the names during a Saturday afternoon press conference held at St. Pishoy Monastery in Wadi Natroun, north of Cairo.
 
The five candidates will compete in papal elections to be held before the end of the year, in which 2,411 members of the Orthodox Church – men and women, all at least 35 years old – will vote.
 
The three who receive the most votes will take part in an "altar lottery", with a blindfolded child choosing the winning name from a sealed box.
 
The candidates for the Coptic Orthodox Church's 118th pope are as follows:
 
1. Father Pachomios El-Syrian: A monk at the monastery of Virgin Mary in Wadi Natroun
 
Born in Aswan in 1963, he holds a joint-degree in science and education.
Father Bakhomius Al-Syrian
 
2. Bishop Raphael: Auxiliary Bishop of Central Cairo and Heliopolis, former aide to the late Pope Shenouda III and a member of the Holy Synod.
 
Born in Cairo in 1954 and a graduate from Ain Shams University's medical faculty, Raphael was ordained as a bishop in June 1997.
Bishop Raphael
 
3. Father Raphael Ava Mina: A monk at the monastery of St. Mina (Mar Mina) in Alexandria governorate
 
Born in Cairo in 1942, he has a law degree from the University of Ain Shams.
Father Raphael Ava Mina
 
4. Father Seraphim Al-Syrian: also a monk at Virgin Mary monastery in Wadi Natroun
 
Born in 1959 in Cairo, Seraphim has a science degree from the University of Ain Shams.
Father Seraphim Al-Syrian
 
5. Bishop Tawadros: Auxiliary Bishop for Beheira, auxiliary to Bishop Bakhomius
 
A member of the Holy Synod, Tawadros was born in 1952 and studied pharmacy at the University of Alexandria. He was ordained in June 1997.
Bishop Tawadros
 
The long-list from which the five were chosen comprised just 16 candidates, following the withdrawal of Bishop Kyrillos of Milan earlier in October.
 
Among the expected front-runners who didn't make the shortlist are Bishop Pishoy, secretary of the Holy Synod and Metropolitan of Damietta, Bishop Youannes, former secretary Pope Shenouda III, and Bishop Botros, former personal secretary to the late pope.
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kidanemariam
05-11-2012 03:26pm
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popes election
god bless all of the coptic
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kamel
17-10-2012 02:07am
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popes election
god bless the elections
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nabila ghobrial
15-10-2012 03:11am
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The five candidates
All five candidates are good choice and God will choose the right Pope Amen.
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William Hanna
14-10-2012 01:46am
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Papal Election
Wise Decisision by the Committee to Elect in this way. I agree 100% with the decision. It makes the rest of the process much easir.
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Samy Mina, Cairo
13-10-2012 08:52pm
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The Youngest
Chose the liberal and smart who belong to our time. Keep our religion of love and forgiveness free from ugly politics.
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