Shenouda III, Pope of Alexandria, dead at 88

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On Saturday, 17 March 2012, Pope Shenouda III, the 117th head of the Coptic Christians died. Shenouda was the successor of Saint Mark. He led his Church since November 1971.

UK's Mail Online has a story of Pope Shenouda with other photos here. Plus, the Washington Post has an article to read.

Pope Benedict XVI sent this note of condolence to the Coptic Christians:

On learning of the sad departure to God, our common Father, of His Holiness Shenouda III, Patriarch of Alexandria on the See of Saint Mark the Evangelist, I wish to express to the members of the Holy Synod, to the priests and all the faithful of all the Patriarchate, my most sincere brotherly compassion. I recall with gratitude his commitment to Christian Unity, his memorable visit to my predecessor Pope Paul VI, and their signing of the Joint Declaration of Faith in the Incarnation of the Son of God together in Rome, on May 10, 1973, as well as his Cairo meeting with Pope John Paul II during the Great Jubilee of the Incarnation, on February24, 2000. I can say how the Catholic Church as a whole shares the grief that afflicts the Orthodox Copts, and how she stands in fervent prayer asking that He, who is who is the Resurrection and the Life, might welcome his faithful servant. May the God of all mercy receive Pope Shenouda in His joy, His peace and light.

When I met Pope Shenouda in St Louis, Missouri in 1994, it was a very interesting experience all around. May God be merciful to him and Saint Mark his steps to paradise.

The photo above is of Pope Shenouda sitting on his throne one last time before burial. Perhaps the Roman bishops would like to adopt this practice.

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