Millions of Copts on Sunday (14 November) celebrated the enthronement of their 117th Pope in a colourful ceremony at St.
Millions of Copts on Sunday (14 November) celebrated the enthronement of their 117th Pope in a colourful ceremony at St. Mark's Cathedral int e centre of Cairo.
Immediately after the consecration of the new pope, the representative of Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia presented him with the High Collar Soliman, the highest Ethiopian medal.
SYNOPSIS: Millions of Copts in the Middle East celebrated the enthronement of their 117th Pope in a colourful ceremony in Cairo's St. Mark's Cathedral on Sunday. At least 10,000 people were reported to have packed the Cathedral, and thousands had camped outside since early morning to see the new Patriarch.
The Coptic Pope, Shenouda the Third, who is 48, succeeds Pope Kyrillos, who died last March. He is a Bachelor of arts from Cairo University and fought in the Egyptian Army against the Israelis in the 1948 Palestine War.
The new Patriarch heads a church founded in Egypt by Saint Mark in the year 62 A.D. It has four million members in Egypt and about 14 million in Ethiopia, as well as small communities in Sudan, Kuwait, Jerusalem, the Untied states and Europe.
Pope Shenouda was selected to head his church on the last day of October in an age-old ceremony involving a blindfolded boy who chose his name from a sealed urn. He was selected from three candidates, and rules the Coptic Church until he dies.