Pope praises Shenouda III, shares pain over death

Last Updated: Sunday, March 18, 2012 - 20:43

Vatican City: Pope Benedict XVI has said the
Catholic Church shares the pain of the Coptic Orthodox Church
over the death of its patriarch, Pope Shenouda III.

Benedict sent a message of condolences today following
Shenouda`s death yesterday at age 88.

Shenouda led Egypt`s Christian minority for more than 40
years amid increasing tensions with Muslims.

Benedict has called for greater protections for Egypt`s
estimated 10 million Christians amid a surge of recent
attacks, but his message today steered clear of polemics and
focused on conveying his prayers for God`s "faithful servant."

Pope John Paul II met with Shenouda during his 2000 trip
to Cairo and Pope Paul VI hosted Shenouda at the Vatican in
1973.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, March 18, 2012 - 20:43

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