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Egyptian Christian leader’s death leaves Coptic Church in transition
Coptic Church leader Pope Shenouda III died Saturday at 88. The Egyptian sect of Christianity, one of the world’s oldest, has had a particularly hard time in the wake of the political unrest of their home country, but the charismatic, trusted conservative religious leader was widely seen as a constant for decades. But some more liberal Christians felt that his conservative approach may have hurt them, doing little to stop the discrimination and violence that had faced his followers in recent years. With Shenouda’s death — caused by cancer and other health problems he faced over the years — the Christian sect, a religious minority in a country now led politically by Islamic groups, could change significantly in the next few months. source
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Coptic Church leader Pope Shenouda III died Saturday at 88. The Egyptian sect of Christianity, one of the world’s oldest, has had a particularly hard time in the wake of the political unrest of their home country, but the charismatic, trusted conservative religious leader was widely seen as a constant for decades. But some more liberal Christians felt that his conservative approach may have hurt them, doing little to stop the discrimination and violence that had faced his followers in recent years. With Shenouda’s death — caused by cancer and other health problems he faced over the years — the Christian sect, a religious minority in a country now led politically by Islamic groups, could change significantly in the next few months. source

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March 18, 2012 // 21:23 // 2 years ago
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