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Pope praises Shenouda III, shares pain over death

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.



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

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