Will Egyptian Copts Face More Persecution Since the Death of Pope Shenouda III?


Death of Coptic Pope Leaves Millions of Egyptian Chrsitians Without Spiritual Leader in Uncertain Times

Millions of Egyptian Copts feel they have been left vulnerable after the death of their spiritual leader, Pope Shenouda III, head of Egypt’s Coptic Christian Church, and many fear an increase in persecution from the Muslim-majority population in the country.
Mourning Copts who attended the pre-funeral ceremony in Cairo Sunday where Pope Shenouda III’s body was set on his throne for the last time repeatedly called the dead patriarch their “protector” and suggested that their grief is now also marked by fear of what the future might bring in the country now ruled by Islamist parties – and where Coptic Christians have already been experiencing an increase in violence since the toppling of President Hosni Mubarak in the Arab Spring uprising. 
Pope Shenouda III, head of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt, passed away of longtime illnesses Saturday, after over 40 years of leading that persecuted church.
“The very existence of Shenouda made us feel protected,” a young Copt attending the ceremonies amid large crowds told the media.
“I feel worse that our protector has gone. God knows what is going to happen,” a Christian woman added.
The Coptic pope was known to be  “an advocate for tolerance and harmony,” as President Barack Obama described him upon news of his death.
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SOURCE: Christian Post
Luiza Oleszczuk