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Friday, April 27, 2012

Copts Begin Papal Nomination Process

Egypt's Copts have just completed the 40-day mourning period following the death of Pope Shenouda III, and now the nomination process for selecting a new Pope has begun, with a committee now receiving nominations for the post. This begins a nomination process which will eventually narrow the field to three candidates, with the next Pope chosen by "altar lot" when a young boy draws lots among the three final candidates. See my earlier post here for more on the process.

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