November 18, 2012
Can Egypt's new Coptic pope protect his flock?
In the face of blatant attacks by Muslims on churches, clergy, and parishoners of the Coptic faith, the challenges facing Pope Tawadros II, formerly enthroned today as the Copts new spiritual leader, are probably beyond his capacity alone to deal with. BBC: The 60-year-old succeeds Pope Shenouda III, who died in March after four decades on the patriarchal throne. The enthronement comes at an uncertain time for Egypt's Christians, following the fall of Hosni Mubarak last year. Sectarian attacks against Coptic Christians and churches in Egypt have increased since his fall, and many Christians are concerned about the rise of Islamist political forces. Christians make up 5-10% of Egypt's majority Sunni Muslim population and form the largest Christian minority in the Middle East. Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Mursi did not attend Sunday's enthronement, though Prime Minister Hisham Qandil was there. President Morsi promised tolerance and respect for all faiths in Egypt after he...(Read Full Post)