one of the three finalist candidates for the next Coptic Pope. He's the youngest of the finalists at 58. After posting about him last night I looked a little longer at this official photo.
That's a Coptic cross in his right hand, of course. But what's that in his left hand? A candlestick with an oddly tapered candle? A pastoral staff with an illuminated top for some reason? A wizard's wand? A very odd microphone? A glow-stick since today's Halloween?
Until I learn otherwise I'm going with Jedi Light Sabre.
No irreverence intended. We'll find out Sunday whether the Force is with him or not.