|Pope Tawadros II|
|Pachomius Revealing the Name|
As it happens, today was also Bishop Tawadros' 60th birthday. Born Wagih Subh Baki Suleiman onNovember 4, 1952 in the Mansura region, Tawadros took a degree in pharmacy in 1975. He has been a monk since 1988 and a bishop since 1997; he was an Auxiliary Bishop to Bishop Pachomius, the Acting Pope, who is Bishop of Buheira. He's considered more a pastoral than a polarizing political figure. The difficult transitional period since the revolution and the growing strength of the Muslim Brotherhood has polarized sectarian feelings at the time the Copts had no clear communal leader, so this is likely to be a major initial challenge to the new Pope.
Tawadros is the Coptic form of the Greek name Theodoros (Theodore) and the new Pope will be known as Tawadros II. Ironically the current Eastern ("Greek" or Chalcedonian Orthodox) Patriarch of Alexandria is known as Theodoros II.
The new Pope will be formally installed two weeks from today on November 18.