Coptic Church elects new Pope-Patriarch

Saint Mark Cathedral here was the site of the election of His Grace, Bishop Tawadrous, as head of the Coptic Orthodox Church on Sunday, November 4, 2012.

Bishop Tawadrous succeeds His Holiness, the late Pope Shenouda III, who fell asleep in the Lord on March 17, 2012.

As widely reported, in a process that has taken nine months, the new Pope was selected in an altar ballot during a liturgical service.  His enthronement is slated to take place on Sunday, November 18, at the cathedral.

‘The atmosphere was wonderfully joyous in the cathedral, as people not only here but all over the world raised their hearts asking God’s selection for our new Pope and Patriarch,” said His Grace Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom.  “There was such a euphoric reaction when the name of Bishop Tawadrous was announced, and we now shift our prayers from God’s selection to God’s guidance and grace upon him to lead our beloved Coptic Orthodox Church as it continues its mission to be light and salt in Egypt and throughout the world.”

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