Posted: March 18, 2012 by Ty in Spirituality

A leader who appears to have walked the Via Media, while being empowered by the Holy Spirit.

National Post | Life

By Samer al-Atrush

CAIRO – Thousands of grieving Coptic Christians packed St Mark’s Cathedral in Cairo on Sunday to bid farewell to Pope Shenuda III, his body on a wooden throne, as the church considered a new head of the anxious community.

Shenuda died on Saturday aged 88 after a long illness, setting in motion the process to elect a new patriarch for the Middle East’s largest Christian community.

He led the Copts, estimated at 10% of Egypt’s population of more than 80 million, for a whole generation, during which the country was hit by a wave of Islamist militancy from which he sought to protect his flock.

Tens of thousands of mourners converged on the cathedral in a queue that stretched for more than a kilometre (nearly a mile), as military vehicles lined the road outside.

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