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87. Press review: Egypt mourns lion of the See of Saint Mark

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87. Press review: Egypt mourns lion of the See of Saint Mark
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2012
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12
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87
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March 17-19, 2012
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Diana Maher Ghali
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Coptic Orthodox Church announced the death of Coptic Orthodox Pope Shenouda III, who passed away at the age of 88 after a long battle with illness. He was suffering from chronic disease in his lungs and kidneys. [‘Imād Khalīl, al-Misrī al-Yawm, March 18, 2012, p. 63] Read original text in Arabic 

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General Bishop Armiyā said that the Pope’s body was removed to hospital after he died of a heart attack.

The papal headquarters of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Cairo and the northern Egypt Mediterranean city of Alexandria mourned the Pope’s death who has often been called "the Lion of the See of Saint Mark".

Sources at the St. Mark Cathedral said that the funeral will be held on Tuesday, March 20, 2012, after placing the Pope's body on the throne of Saint Mark in his full patriarchic attire for three days so that the Coptic people pay respects and take blessing from his body.

Moreover, the Sufī Orders offered their condolences. [‘Imād Khalīl, al-Misrī al-Yawm, March 18, 2012, p. 63] Read original text in Arabic

"We offer our deep condolences to everyone of our Christian brothers for the loss of Pope Shenouda," Muslim Brotherhood Murshid (Guide) Muhammad Badī' said in a statement. "May God help all our Christian brothers overcome this ordeal and choose a successor who can keep promoting the sense of unity among all citizens,” he added. [Hātim Māhir, al-Ahram online, March 20, 2012] Read English text from its source

[Reviewer's Note: An article of the same content was mentioned in al-Ahrām, March 18, p. 3] Read original text in Arabic 

Al-Wafd Party offered condolences over Pope Shenouda's departure to the Egyptian Church and said that Pope Shenouda's death affected all Egyptians, not just the church. [Author not mentioned, al-Wafd, March 18, 2012, p. 3] Read original text in Arabic 

Azhar's Grand Shaykh Dr. Ahmad al-Tayyīb mourned Pope Shenouda's death and said that he was a symbol for love and peace. [Author not mentioned, al-Ahrām, March 18, 2012, p. 1] Read original text in Arabic

[Reviewer's Note: A report of the same content was mentioned in al-Ahrām, March 19, 2012, p. 1] Read original text in Arabic

Muftī of the Republic Dr. 'Alī Jum’ah said that the death of Pope Shenouda is a catastrophe that hit Egypt and its people, Muslims and Christians. He expressed profound grief for the death of a "religious icon in Egypt and the world".

Moreover, the Ministry of Awqāf (Endowments) also offered their condolences for the Pope’s death. [Author not mentioned, al-Ahrām, March 18, 2012, p. 3] Read original text in Arabic

Former Prime Minister 'Isām Sharaf, presidential hopeful Hāzim Salāh Abū Ismā'īl and the former head of the [International] Atomic Energy Agency mourned the death of Pope Shenouda.

[Reviewer's Note: This content came on three news stories in al-Akhbār, March 18, 2012, p. 11: Read original text in ArabicRead original text in Arabic and Read original text in Arabic]

The Armed Forces and its officials as well as the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) also grieved the pope's demise. [Author not mentioned, al-Ahrām, March 18, 2012, p. 1] Read original text in Arabic

Field Marshal Muhammad Husayn Tantāwī announced a three-day holiday for Christians to pay last respects to Pope Shenouda and to attend his funeral. [Author not mentioned, al-Ahrām, March 18, 2012, p. 1] Read original text in Arabic

[Reviewer's Note: A report of the same content was mentioned in al-Akhbār, March 18, p. 11] Read original text in Arabic

Ashraf Sādiq, a regular writer in al-Ahrām, mourned Pope Shenouda's death through an opinion article, saying that the Pope was well known for his patriotic stance and his love for Egyptians, Muslims and Christians.

"History will record his famous sentence 'Egypt is not a homeland we live in but rather one that lives within us'," Sādiq wrote quoting one of Pope Shenouda's popular statements. [Ashraf Sādiq, al-Ahrām, March 18, 2012, p. 1] Read original text in Arabic

[Reviewer’s Note: Pope Shenouda serves as the 117th Pope of Alexandria as of November 1971. After his death, the Coptic Orthodox Holy Synod will choose six candidates for the position of pope from among its 110 members. After deliberations, the list will be narrowed to three. Then it comes to chance – or divine providence – when a blindfolded child pulls one of the three names placed on pieces of paper out of a glass box. (according to Joseph Mayton, JPost, March 25, 2012)]

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