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November 4 2012

Egypt's ancient Coptic Christian church chooses a new pope in elaborate ceremony


Egypt's ancient Coptic Christian church chose a new pope in an elaborate ceremony today in which a blindfolded boy drew the name of the next patriarch from a crystal chalice.

Bishop Tawadros, 59, an aide to the acting pope, was selected to become Pope Tawadros II, replacing Pope Shenouda III who died earlier this year after 40 years at the helm of the church.

All three senior clerics whose names were in the chalice were considered consensus candidates who stayed out of disputes both within the church and with other groups.

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