New Coptic pope, christians face persecution in Egypt
Tawadros II faces unique challenges as Egypt transforms itself.
The Coptic Orthodox Church crowned a new pope Sunday, Tawadros II amid fears of persecution and discrimination. Mohammed Morsi was absent, although the Egyptian Prime Minister and other dignitaries attended the event.
Despite their size, Coptic Orthodox Christians, along with all other Christians, worry about persecution in a country now dominated by Islamists. Notably, Egyptian President, Mohamed Morsi, did not attend the ceremony himself, sending the Prime Minister instead. This drew criticism from attendees who felt he should have attended if he wanted to show inclusiveness.
Morsi has previously claimed he would rule inclusively, fairly representing all Egyptians.
However, this claim is becoming dubious, particularly as Egypt's new constitutions is drawn up. Christians and other minorities as well as moderate Muslims say their voices are being ignored as the conservative Muslim Brotherhood dominates the process and writes rules which make it more difficult to construct a church than a mosque.
Tawadros II told reporters that he would oppose any Constitution that only met Muslim concerns.
Meanwhile, Coptic Christians are happy to have a new pope. Applause repeatedly roared through the Cairo cathedral during the ceremony as Tawadros II, formerly trained as a pharmacist, was given red and gold vestments to wear as well as the papal scepter and crown.
The new pope did not speak during the event, but instead had a prepared statement read for him to the assembly.
Tawadros II is the Coptic Church's 118th pope.
© 2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM
Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for March 2014
Respect for Women: That all cultures may respect the rights and dignity of women.
Vocations: That many young people may accept the Lordís invitation to consecrate their lives to proclaiming the Gospel.
Rate This Article
Leave a Comment
More Africa News
- Muslims flee Central African Republic - only 1,000 remain out of 100,000 in capital
- Four Nigerian men accused of homosexuality
- WHAT? Egyptian army claims both a cure for AIDS, hepatitis C
- Coptic Orthodox Church condemns killing of Egyptians in Libya
- West African nation of Mauritania should take broader steps to stop slavery
- Bill outlawing Homosexual behavior becomes law in Uganda, carries death penalty for acts of 'aggravated homosexuality'
- Nearly 100 people killed in Islamist attack in Northeast Nigerian village
- AFRICA'S SHAME: HIV positive teens, children dying due to failure to test them
- South Sudanese rebels claim seizure of Malakal
- Fr. Paul Schenck: Finding Living Faith on Catechetical Sunday
- The Movie Yellow: Incest as 'Normal' and Cassavates's Slides Into the World of Woes
- The Chicago School Teachers Strike Reveals the Need For School Choice
- The Sexual Barbarians and the Dissolution of Culture
- The Happy Priest Challenges Us to Ask: Who is Jesus to Me?
- Michael Coren on Canadian Public Schools: Teachers, leave those kids alone
- We Cannot Ignore Our Consciences: Cardinal Dolan On Religious Liberty
- In the Face of Danger, Successor of Peter Travels to Lebanon as a Messenger of Peace
- Reflections on the Dignity and Vocation of Women: Who or What?