Egypt’s Copts to choose new pope2 November 2012
Egypt's Coptic Church on Sunday will select their new pope amid rising worries over Islamist domination of the Government.
The country's largest Christian denomination has been led by Bishop Bakhomius since the death of Pope Shenouda III at the age of 88 in February.
Last Monday, members of the Church voted to reduce a shortlist of five candidates to just three.
Over 2,400 lay and clergy, including several representatives of the Ethiopian Church, narrowed the list to Bishop Rafael, a 54-year old former doctor; Bishop Tawdros, a 60-year old trained pharmacist, and Fr Rafael Afamena, 70, who studied law.
The 118th pope will be chosen on 4 November when, according to tradition, a blindfolded child picks the name of one of the three.
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