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Tawadros Chosen New Pope of Egypt's Coptic Christians

Egypt's Coptic Christians have a new leader. Bishop Tawadros has been chosen to succeed the late Pope Shenouda and to shepherd one of the world's oldest Christian communities during precarious times.
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The three final candidates for pope are projected on a TV screen at Saint Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo, November 4, 2012. (Yuli Weeks/VOA)
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The three final candidates for pope are projected on a TV screen at Saint Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo, November 4, 2012. (Yuli Weeks/VOA)

Acting Coptic Pope Bakhomious, center, displays the name of 60-year-old Bishop Tawadros, soon to be Pope Tawadros II, during the papal election ceremony at the Coptic Cathedral in Cairo, Egypt, November 4, 2012.
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Acting Coptic Pope Bakhomious, center, displays the name of 60-year-old Bishop Tawadros, soon to be Pope Tawadros II, during the papal election ceremony at the Coptic Cathedral in Cairo, Egypt, November 4, 2012.

Interim Pope Bakhomious leading Sunday's ceremonies at Saint Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo, November 4, 2012. (Yuli Weeks/VOA)
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Interim Pope Bakhomious leading Sunday's ceremonies at Saint Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo, November 4, 2012. (Yuli Weeks/VOA)

Egyptian caretaker of the Coptic Church, interim Pope Bakhomious celebrates the ceremony announcing the name of the 118th pope of Egypt's Coptic, Cairo, November 4, 2012.
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Egyptian caretaker of the Coptic Church, interim Pope Bakhomious celebrates the ceremony announcing the name of the 118th pope of Egypt's Coptic, Cairo, November 4, 2012.

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