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Egypt's Coptics electing new leader
A council of Egypt's Coptic Christians is voting Monday in a process that will elect a new spiritual leader for the ancient church.
FILE - The body of Pope Shenouda III lies in a casket at the Coptic Orthodox cathedral during his funeral in Cairo, Egypt, in this Tuesday, March 20, 2012 file photo. A council of Egypt's Coptic Christians is voting Monday Oct 29 2012 on a new spiritual leader to the ancient church as the community grapples with the rising powers of Islamists. The charismatic Pope Shenouda III died in March, at the age of 88 and after 40 years as the leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church. The congregation represents the majority of Egypt's Christians, who make up about 10 per cent of the country's 83 million people. About 2,400 clergymen, community leaders, and Coptic church notables are voting Monday to short-list three candidates from among three monks and two bishops. The final selection is due Sunday. (AP Photo/Mohammed Asad, file)