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Egypt's Christians prepare to bury Coptic pope
Pope Shenouda III led Egypt's Coptic Christians for more than 40 years
March 18th, 2012
09:09 AM ET

Egypt's Christians prepare to bury Coptic pope

From Mohamed Fadel Fahmy, For CNN

Egypt's Coptic Christians are preparing for the funeral Pope Shenouda III, an event expected to bring millions of Christians onto the streets of Egypt at time when tensions with the Muslim majority are high.

Shenouda III of Alexandria, who led Egypt's Coptic Christian community for more than four decades, died Saturday. He was 88.

He died of renal failure "due to the diabetes he endured for years," said Sheif Doss, head of the Egyptian General Coptic Association. The pope had lung cancer, which spread to the rest of his body, Doss said.

Egypt's Christian minority has been the target of a number of high-profile attacks in the past several years.

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