New Delhi: Describing Pope Shenouda III as a
great Egyptian patriot, External Affairs Minister SM Krishna
today expressed condolences on the demise of the charismatic
patriarch who led the Coptic church for four decades.
In his letter to Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel
Amr, Krishna said he was deeply saddened to learn about the
demise of the pope.
"Pope Shenouda III was both a great Egyptian patriot and
believer in the virtues of religious tolerance and
"We in India share the sense of loss at the passing away
of this great figure," he said.
"I offer my sincere condolences to the Egyptian people
and members of the Coptic Orthodox faith," the Minister added.
Back in Cairo on Monday, tens of thousands of mourners
assembled in front of the iconic St Mark`s Cathedral in the
Egyptian capital to pay their tearful last respect to the
88-year-old leader of the largest Christian group in the
Middle East passed away on Saturday and will be buried