Many Years! + Bishop Tawadrous is New Coptic Church Leader
On Sunday, November 4, 2012, the 118th Pope of Alexandria and the Patriarch of All Africa of the Holy See of Saint Mark, Bishop Tawadrous, was selected in Cairo, Egypt. Thousands of Coptic Orthodox Christians gathered at St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in the culmination of a nine–month process to choose a successor to His Holiness Pope Shenouda III, who had passed away in March 2012.
Bishop Tawadrous, 60, was chosen from a slate of three candidates. The Bishop studied medicine in his youth and managed a pharmaceutical factory until the mid-eighties, when he was consecrated in 1985. Three years later he joined the monasic ranks and was subsequently named a bishop in 1997.
At the announcement that Bishop Tawadrous had been chosen, "the atmosphere was wonderfully joyous in the cathedral, as people not only here but all over the world raised their hearts asking God’s selection for our new Pope and Patriarch,” said His Grace Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom. "There was such a euphoric reaction when the name of Bishop Tawadrous was announced."
The bishop is slated to be enthroned at the Cairo Cathedral on November 18.
His Eminence Metropolitan Philip and the entire Antiochian Archdiocese pray that God will grant many years to the new Coptic Patriarch, Bishop Tawadrous, and express the sincere hope that his leadership will be blessed and fruitful. Axios!