Egypt's Coptic Christians pick new pope
Bishop Tawadros, 60, was named the new Coptic Christian pope in a ceremony in Cairo on November 4, 2012.
November 5th, 2012
05:50 AM ET

Egypt's Coptic Christians pick new pope

By the CNN Wire Staff

Cairo (CNN) - Egypt's Coptic Christians picked a new leader Sunday, a process that involved a blindfolded boy choosing one of three names in a crystal chalice.

Bishop Tawadros Theodorus II - the nation's 118th Coptic Pope - replaces the former leader who died in March.

The death of Pope Shenouda III sparked anxiety in the embattled minority group in Egypt's Muslim majority.

Thousands of people flooded into a Cairo Cathedral in March to bid farewell to the 88-year-old pope who led the nation's Coptic Christians for about four decades.

- A. Hawkins

Filed under: Coptic Church

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  1. kindness

    This is my experience... Thank you.

    MY personal testimony.
    A thought to consider without an ego response

    I Accepted Jesus christ as my lord and saviour. You never know how soon is too late. Transcend the worldly illusion of enslavement.
    The world denounces truth....

    Accepting Jesus Christ (for me) resulted in something like seeng a new colour. You will see it .....but will not be able to clearly explain it to anyone else..... Its meant to be that way to transend any selfism within you.

    Also... much the world arranges "surrounding dark matter into something to be debated" in such a way that protects/inflates the ego.

    The key is be present and transcend our own desire to physically see evidence. We don't know anyways by defending our own perception of dark matter.

    Currently.... most of us are constructing our own path that suits our sin lifestyle. Were all sinners. Knowing that we are is often an issue. But both christians and non are sinners. Even once we are saved by christs merciful grace we will still experience adversity to mold us to adhering to the truth.
    We will slip... But not fall of the ship ...carrying us onward to perfection in christs grace.

    We don't like to Let go and let god. We want control to some degree. This is what Jesus asks us to do. "Follow me".
    It's the hardest thing to do... but is done by letting the truth of scripture lead you (redemptive revelation)... as I said .

    Try reading corinthians and see if it makes sense to you. Try it without a pre conceived notion of it being a fairy tale.
    See the truth...
    do we do what it says in todays society... is it relevant... so many have not recently read and only hinge their philosophy on what they have heard from some other person...which may have been full of arogance pride or vanity..

    Look closely at the economy ponzi, look at how society idolizes Lust , greed , envy, sloth, pride of life, desire for knowledge, desire for power, desire for revencge,gluttony with food etc .

    Trancsend the temporal world.

    Just think if you can find any truth you can take with you ....in any of these things. When you die your riches go to someone who will spend away your life..... You will be forgotten.... history will repeat iteslf.... the greatest minds knowledge fade or are eventually plagerzed..... your good deeds will be forgotten and only give you a fleeting temporary reward . your learned teachings are forgotten or mutated..... your gold is transfered back to the rullers that rule you through deception. Your grave will grow over . This is truth .

    Trancsend your egoism and free yourself from this dominion of satan. Understand you are a sinner and part of the collective problem of this worldly matrix... Repent.... Repent means knowing (to change) The Holy spirit (within) will convict you beyond what you think you can do by yourself. Grace is given to those who renounce the world. That are" in" the world but not "of " the world.

    Evidence follows faith. Faith does not follow evidence..... Faith ....above reason in Jesus Christ.

    Faith comes by Reading or Hearing the word of god from the bible . Ask Jesus in faith for dicernment and start reading the new testament... You will be shocked when you lay down your preconceived notions and ....see and hear truth ... see how christ sets an example ... feel the truth....

    Read Ecclesiastes. Read romans or corinthians.

    You cant trancend your own egoism by adapting a world philosophy to suit your needs. Seek the truth in Christ.

    Sell all your cleverness and purchase true bewilderment. You don't get what you want ....you get what you are by faith above reason in christ.

    I promise this has been the truth for me. In Jesus christ .

    Think of what you really have to lose. ...your ego?

    Break the Matrix of illusion that holds your senses captive.

    once you do . you too will have the wisdom of God that comes only through the Holy Spirit. Saved By grace through Faith. Just like seeing a new colour.... can't explain it to a transient caught in the matrix of worldly deception.
    You will also see how the world suppresses this information and distorts it

    You're all smart people . I tell the truth. Its hard to think out of the box when earthly thinking is the box.
    I'ts a personal free experience you can do it free anytime . Don't wait till you are about to die.. START PUTTING YOUR TREASURES WHERE THEY REALLY MATTER >
    Its awsome and It's just between you and Jesus

    my testimony

    Romans 10:9

    "If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved
    Last eve I passed beside a blacksmith’s door,
    And heard the anvil ring the vesper chime;
    The, looking in, I saw upon the floor
    Old hammers, worn with beating years of time.
    “How many anvils have you had,” said I,
    “To wear and batter all these hammers so?”
    “Just one,” said he, and then with twinkling eye,
    “The anvil wears the hammers out, you know.”
    And so, thought I, the anvil of God’s Word,
    For ages skeptic blows have beat upon;
    Yet, though the noise of falling blows was heard,
    The anvil is unharmed – the hammers gone.

    Truth is..exclusive

    December 11, 2012 at 6:28 pm |
  2. stan the man

    Is he a Democrat or Repub?

    November 23, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  3. Dave Harris

    What's wrong with the pope in Rome? One pope is pretty much like another, and after all There Can Be Only One.

    November 23, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
    • stan the man

      Two popes are better then one, besides the Copic one looks really cool.

      November 23, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
  4. Skorpio

    Christian Arab churches should unite to CONVERT MILLIONS OF MUSLIMS TO CHRISTIANITY instead of waiting to be eliminated by Islam. It is a pity that Middle Eastern Christian churches with their rich Christian traditions are dwindling in numbers under the Islamic oppression. It seems that the Islamic satanic faith is conquering the world, perhaps Satan is proud about Mohammed and his evil Koran to spread madness, violence, terrorism and discrimination around the world.

    November 22, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
    • RobertOKUSA

      You are an illogical fool. If there really was an omnipotent God who wanted everyone to worship him, why wouldn't he just plainly reveal the ONE true religion?

      November 23, 2012 at 11:05 am |
    • stan the man

      Like Christians haven't visited enough pain on the world. How about everyone turning atheist, this way there will one less thing to kill about.

      November 23, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
    • MP

      It was the Church of Rome that incited violence against the lands and people of the Middle East under the pretext of religious "recovery". Many of the fighters were looters, murderers, and opportunists and not religiously inspired.

      As for the church leadership, there is a value in having a number of Patriarchs and not just one (where Mussolini and accessed an attempt at religious endorsement). In 1870 the Pope declared infallibility of the Pope. Interestingly enough, baseball umpires started working around the same time. They humanly both missed things, but umpires never turned away from the abuses in their profession.

      November 25, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
  5. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer turned Mohammed into a pedophile. Prayer really does change things.

    November 5, 2012 at 6:43 pm |
    • as always

      Someone who cannot think for themselves stole a wonderful Truth and tried to negate the Truth by putting filth under it.

      November 6, 2012 at 6:58 am |
    • stan the man

      Did he do you too?

      November 23, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
  6. Mohammad A Dar

    Hey that guy in picture is me....Mohammad A Dar

    November 5, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
    • Mohammad Larrymed Curlydul

      Why does the Coptic Pope beg for dollars in the intersection downtown?

      November 5, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
    • Mohammad A Dar

      because they are not good movie makers.

      November 5, 2012 at 5:59 pm |
  7. Reasonably

    Pope-mobile gonna be mighty crowded!

    November 5, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
    • stan the man

      He uses a pope camel-mobile.

      November 23, 2012 at 5:16 pm |

    Eliminate hindu Judaism, filthy secular ism to have peace, Islam among humanity. hindu's blinded leading hindu, blinded, game of hindu Magi's, criminal tricksters to stay in business of hinduism, denial of truth absolute, let it be hindu's, ignorant preachers, speaking not of truth absolute GOD, nor hindu atheist, ignorant self centered, secular s. rode with a hindu blinded driver, BET ON A WRACK, YOU WILL NEVER LOOSE.

    Expect nothing better but mayhem among humanity by following of hinduism, denial of truth absolute, Allah, and following of hindu pagan Mithra ism, savior ism, neither commanded, nor allowed in Islam as a religion, but Theen Allah, consti tution of truth absolute. Foundation of American consti tution.
    hindu Mithra ism, savior ism invented little over 100 years after Sydana Mohammad pbh by tribes of Kujar of north Africa and imposition as Fatmid Khalaphit by force by denial of Hidth and Quran, justified by hindu Judaism, pagan secularism to impose hinduism, racism by hindu, fabricated relationship with Family of Syadana Mohammad pbh to justify existence of hindu criminal Kings, a violation of fundamental commandment, human equality under the LA. truth absolute Allah. Cause of conflict among Muslim's and cause of down fall of Muslim's and Islam in Spain.

    Sunisim, invented by Turk's by corruption of Quran and hidth to justify existence of hindu King's as Khalipha, after death of Ruler Mohammad, but later renamed, Mehmmat, wisdom of spirit of truth by siblings from his Armenian wife, follower of hindu pagan Mithra ism, savior ism in 13th century.

    Christianity, invented by hinduism,. corruption of truth absolute by hindu Pharisees, pagan self centered, follower of hindu filthy pig ism by corrupted Torah, known as Greek Torah, translated and commented by Ben Asheer in 250 AD in Yiddish, secularist, self centered language, also known as Old Testament, part of book of Mithra ism labeled as Bible. A way to justify hindu criminal Kings and self proclaimed Prophets, fortune tellers as god's to rule over humanity.

    JUDAISM, Self center ism, pig ism, or Atheism, invented by hindu's pagan's of Egypt by corruption of truth absolute in Torah to Justify hindu pagan Pharaoh's and their hindu pagan Santans, goons as god's to rule over humanity with impunity.

    word hindu is based on Latin word hindered, negative, Hun, great, Han, to be in greatness, hin, to be negative to both of them, hindu, a noun in negativity, hinduism, way of negativity.
    Visit limitisthetruth.com to learn about hinduism, criminality of hindu's, criminals to impose hinduism, racism on humanity by hinduism, corruption of truth absolute by force.

    November 5, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
    • RobertOKUSA

      Your post is as cryptic as your supposed God...*whomever* that might be.

      November 23, 2012 at 11:09 am |
    • stan the man

      Take a deep breath, hold it, hold it, okay exhale. Take your Adivan, then report to the local ER.

      November 23, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
  9. Portland tony

    Here a Pope, there a Pope, everywhere a Pope ......

    November 5, 2012 at 11:28 am |
  10. Doc Vestibule

    The Roman Catholic Pope's hat is way more impressive than this guy's.
    Haberdashery is an important mark of Holiness. The taller the hat, the closer to GOd.

    November 5, 2012 at 9:40 am |
    • stan the man

      The longer the beard the closer to Santa.

      November 23, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  11. Fluffy the Gerbil of Doom

    Fluffy was amazed when the precious pope died. They embalmed him, put his robes on the body, and actually sat the body up, back on his throne. Zombie pope. Very creepy.

    November 5, 2012 at 9:27 am |
  12. therealpeace2all


    " Egypt's Coptic Christians picked a new leader Sunday, a process that involved a blindfolded boy choosing one of three names in a crystal chalice. "

    A competi tive game of "Rock, Paper, Scissors" would have worked. God would have guided the "chosen one" to be the 'Roshambo' champion.


    November 5, 2012 at 6:50 am |
    • christopher hitchens

      The other two names were Romney and Obama.

      November 5, 2012 at 7:17 am |
    • Fluffy the Gerbil of Doom

      The other two that were in the capricious paper grab were Bippy and Zippy. Bippy would have made a good pope, but god didn't like the idea of a squirrel pope. But fear not. We are evolving. There may yet be a rodent pope in our lifetimes.

      November 5, 2012 at 8:30 am |
    • Bippy, the Super Amazing Really Really Gnarly UberPope of Everthing, Even Popier Than Those Other Popes! Yes, Much Much Popier Than The Rest!!!

      Do you infidel sapiens not get the message on anything?!?!?! Of all the many popes on this strange oblate spheriod, I am the popiesy pope of all! And I have the really cool UberPope Hat to prove it! You can see it below:



      And here is what you moronosapiens will be wearing for the rest of eternity!


      For we are squirrel, here us roar, in numbers too big to ignore! We are strong, we are invincible, we are squirrel!!!

      Here are many pictures of our super amazing squirrel activities that prove we are superadvanced, way beyond you!


      And never forget! Never! Never forget . . . uh . . . it'll come to me . . . never forget . . . okay, I did hats, the song, squirrel pcirtues . . . OH YEAH! Never forget that come the Great Squirrel Rapture, the dead will arise and ZOMBIE SQUIRRELS SHALL FEAST UPON YOUR NUTS! Then we fly off to Disneyland and ride the Matterhorn. It says so in our perfect infallible not-a-contradiction-to-be-found scripture, so it is obviously true.

      November 5, 2012 at 12:00 pm |
  13. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    November 5, 2012 at 6:24 am |
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      November 5, 2012 at 9:05 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      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.

      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.

      November 5, 2012 at 9:13 am |
    • Mohammad A Dar

      I hope your types stay home and pray for their candidate to win tomorrow.

      November 5, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
    • nope


      November 6, 2012 at 7:00 am |
    • stan the man

      That's right, it turns you into a real dip.

      November 23, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
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