New pope for Egypt's Coptic Church selected

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Egyptian Coptic Christians selected a new pope for their church in a traditional ceremony in a Cairo Cathedral Sunday.

Bishop Tawadros Theodorus II was chosen as the 118th Coptic Pope on Sunday, reports the New York Times. Bishop Tawadros replaces the late Pope Shenouda III, who passed away in March at the age of 88, reports CNN.

A blind-folded 6-year-old drew the Bishop Tawadros's name out of a golden chalice, reports MSNBC. Coptic Christians believe that his hand was be guided by God, and is an important part of the ceremony.

Bishop Tawadros has said that he plans on focusing on the spiritual duties of the position as opposed to politics, reports New York Times. He promised to encourage a "moderate constructive integration" with the Muslim majority in Egypt.

This turn from politics contrasts Pope Shenouda's endorsement of President Hosni Mubarak and his urging Christians not to join in the protests across the country, reports the New York Times.

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