60. Pope cancels annual Easter visit to monasteries

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Coptic Orthodox Pope Shenouda III has canceled his annual visit to the country’s monasteries during Easter due to health problems.

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Every Easter the pope performs the Friday of Final Fasting, in the Anbā Bīshūy Monastery in Wādī al-Naṭrūn. He then goes on to visit the surrounding monasteries, performing the Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday prayers.

Last week, the pope suffered a health crisis, on April 6, 2011, only minutes before he was due to deliver his weekly sermon in the 'Abāsīyah St. Mark Cathedral and was transferred to the al-Sālam Hospital.

[Reviewer's Note: News story was also mentioned in al-Akhbār, page 10, April 20, 2011]

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