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Egypt's Coptic Pope Shenouda III laid to rest
A woman faints as crowds converge on Saint Mark's Coptic Cathedral in Cairo's al-Abbassiya district this week.
March 20th, 2012
08:33 AM ET

Egypt's Coptic Pope Shenouda III laid to rest

By the CNN Wire Staff

Cairo (CNN) - Thousands of people flooded into Cairo's Abbasiya Cathedral Tuesday to say a final farewell to Pope Shenouda III, the spiritual leader of Egypt's Coptic Christians for more than four decades.

Shenouda III died Saturday at the age of 88.

His successor's name will be chosen by a blindfolded child from among three finalists chosen by community leaders - a process that could take months.

The funeral could bring millions of Christians onto the streets of Egypt at a time when tensions with the Muslim majority are high.

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

Read the full story on the funeral for Pope Shenouda III.
- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Egypt

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  1. Prayer changes things

    Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things .

    March 23, 2012 at 5:31 am |
    • Jesus

      "Prayer changes things"

      ~`You've been proven a liar over and over again on this blog. A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested Friday morning...

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      Plus don't forget. The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!!~`

      March 23, 2012 at 10:31 am |
  2. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things
    Proven .

    March 21, 2012 at 7:50 pm |
    • Jesus

      - You've been proven a liar over and over again on this blog. A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested Friday morning...

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      Plus don't forget. The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!! .. .. .. ... .. .

      March 21, 2012 at 8:35 pm |
  3. WDinDallas

    Ammo up. May need to fight through a few thousand radical muslims.

    March 21, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
    • Zippy

      Lock 'n load!

      April 21, 2012 at 9:52 am |
  4. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer really changes things .

    March 21, 2012 at 4:21 am |
    • Jesus

      You've been proven a liar over and over again on this blog. A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested Friday morning...

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      Plus don't forget. The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!! .. .. .. ... .. .,

      March 21, 2012 at 10:52 am |
  5. Christianity is not healthy for children and other living things

    Christianity makes you frothy like Rick Santorum. Read about it at http://santorum.com
    Christianity takes people away from actually working on real solutions to their problems.
    Christian prayer has been shown to have no discernible effect towards what was prayed for.
    Christianity prevents you from getting badly needed exercise.
    Christianity makes you fat.
    Christianity wears out your clothes prematurely.
    Christianity contributes to global warming through excess CO2 emissions.
    Christianity fucks up your knees and your neck and your back.
    Christianity can cause heart attacks, especially among the elderly.
    Christianity makes you frothy like Rick Santorum. See http://santorum.com to learn more.
    Christianity reveals how stupid you are to the world.
    Christianity exposes your backside to pervert priests.
    Christianity makes you think doilies are exciting.
    Christianity makes you secretively flatulent and embarrassed about it.
    Christianity makes your kids avoid spending time with you.
    Christianity gives you knobbly knees.
    Christianity dulls your senses.
    Christianity makes you post really stupid shit.
    Christianity makes you hoard cats.
    Christianity makes you smell like shitty kitty litter and leads you on to harder drugs.
    Christianity wastes time.

    March 20, 2012 at 8:19 pm |
  6. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    March 20, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
    • Jesus

      You've been proven a liar over and over again on this blog. A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested Friday morning...

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      Plus don't forget. The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!! .. .. .. ... .. . ..

      March 20, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
    • Christianity is not healthy for children and other living things

      Christianity makes you frothy like Rick Santorum. Read about it at http://santorum.com
      Christianity takes people away from actually working on real solutions to their problems.
      Christian prayer has been shown to have no discernible effect towards what was prayed for.
      Christianity prevents you from getting badly needed exercise.
      Christianity makes you fat.
      Christianity wears out your clothes prematurely.
      Christianity contributes to global warming through excess CO2 emissions.
      Christianity fucks up your knees and your neck and your back.
      Christianity can cause heart attacks, especially among the elderly.
      Christianity makes you frothy like Rick Santorum. See http://santorum.com to learn more.
      Christianity reveals how stupid you are to the world.
      Christianity exposes your backside to pervert priests.
      Christianity makes you think doilies are exciting.
      Christianity makes you secretively flatulent and embarrassed about it.
      Christianity makes your kids avoid spending time with you.
      Christianity gives you knobbly knees.
      Christianity makes you post really stupid shit.
      Christianity makes you hoard cats.
      Christianity makes you smell like shitty kitty litter and leads you on to harder drugs.
      Christianity wastes time.

      March 20, 2012 at 8:19 pm |
  7. just sayin

    This is my only post on this story

    March 20, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
    • AGuest9

      That, and he previous one, above.

      March 20, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
    • just sayin

      A liar sees everyone as a liar. The other just sayin is a fraud.

      March 20, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
    • AGuest9

      Actually, skeptics don't accept bulls.hit or suffer fools lightly.

      March 20, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
    • just sayin

      I paid good money for this name and the rest or thieves

      March 20, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
    • just sayin

      no one really cares at the end of the day you are left with nothing.

      March 20, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
  8. just sayin

    A woman faints? Get freaking real.Scary cult, religious people scare the he l l out of me

    March 20, 2012 at 11:54 am |
    • Christie

      maybe because you are a person with little or no belief system who is so narrow minded. get a life

      March 21, 2012 at 12:39 am |
    • just sayin

      everybody wants to be me

      March 21, 2012 at 4:22 am |
  9. Four Jumps to Insanity

    Obviously they, along with the other cults that have popes, are afraid of the REAL traditional way, of ELECTING bishops, (the bishopric of Rome EVOLVED into the papacy). If they REALLY believed in a Spirit, they would let it work through it's membership, and ELECT their bishops, just like the early Christians. "Chosen by 'community leaders' " ? I just bet they are ALL men. Who chooses the "community leaders" ? Is there a woman among the "names" ? Another crock, as usual. Having some, (more or less), Y chromosomes determines your "fitness" in god's eyes ? Time to join the 21st Century.

    March 20, 2012 at 10:01 am |
    • William DeMuth

      Dude, the potential ramifications of a Pope with PMS warrants some caution in that area.

      Otherwise Santorum migh get a swarm of locusts in his BVD's

      March 20, 2012 at 10:06 am |
    • Four Jumps to Insanity

      Well, that IS true. OK, then, lets just dump the whole pope thingy, especially since the ONLY reason the popes ended up where they are today, is a consequence of historical accident, (while interesting, NOT really of ultimate significance).
      The Coptics and their ancient manuscripts are interesting, as they show how diverse, and varied the early xtian communities were. There was NO "orthodxy" for many many years. They found many "extra" gospels in Egypt...Peter, Judas, Mary Magdalene, Philip...to name a few. Have you started writing your's yet ? Me, I have, but I'm stuck at which bird get to fly in the window, and ... well, ya know. Maybe a buzzard.

      March 20, 2012 at 10:39 am |
    • Four Jumps to Insanity

      ..BTW, don't worry about Sanctorm. No way, no how can he win anything. We can only hope they nominate him. Even the Repubs are not THAT stupid.

      March 20, 2012 at 10:40 am |
  10. BRC

    I have to say, I like the way they choose a new pope. The community selects candidates, alright that's sensible, they pick the people they feel best represent their faith; then BAM, blindfolded child draws a name out of a hat. If that doesn't say divine will I don't know what does (obviously I don't believe in divine will, but I really do like how they leave the final decision up to chance/fate/"God' what-have-you).

    March 20, 2012 at 9:11 am |
    • AGuest9

      Ironically, I wonder what the Coptic take on gambling is?

      March 20, 2012 at 9:49 am |
    • William DeMuth

      Catholics have them beat.

      Instead of a blindfolded kid, they have deaf dumb and blind pedophiles vote in an old building in Rome

      March 20, 2012 at 9:49 am |
    • Bo

      I know nothing about this religion, but have you ever given it a thought that they choose a pope by a drawing so that none can say it was “politics”, of favoritism of kind? What I wonder is why does the process take so long? Unless the writer of this article just didn't do a good job reporting by including that it takes up to three months for the people to choose three candidates, which will then be “put in the hat” so to speak, and then a blindfolded child will draw a name. I think it is a good practice. Maybe, just maybe, we would do better at choosing a president the same way. Of course we would still have to go through all that political mud slinging before we got to the point of drawing a name. Or maybe we should have all the candidates put their name in a hat and then have an elimination drawing. First name drawn is eliminated, second name eliminated etc until there is just one name left--nah, we'd still get some jerk.
      All the people who could do a good job as president are smart enough not to run for the office of president.

      March 20, 2012 at 10:13 am |
    • William DeMuth

      Bo

      I assume your religious?

      The very foundation of western socity is the pursuit of the ideals of democracy.

      Your suggestion moves us backwards not forwards.

      Here is a better idea. We all vote. In real time. For anyone we want.

      Or better yet, we remove the corrupt political class and vote directly on POLICY and not allow ourselves to be forced to choose between one corrupt politico or another.

      Randomness does NOT make it better in any way

      March 20, 2012 at 10:18 am |
    • Four Jumps to Insanity

      The question is : do Coptics allow card counting ?

      March 20, 2012 at 10:43 am |
  11. William DeMuth

    Pope a Dope!!!!

    March 20, 2012 at 9:05 am |
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