Sunday, November 18, 2012 – Egyptian Christians celebrated the appointment of Pope Tawadros II today. He is a bi-product of the January 25 Revolution in Egypt, and will now reign as the new Egyptian pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church.
Throughout history Egyptian Copts have obeyed the instructions of their pope. This balance was fractured with the January 25 Revolution in Egypt.
During the January 25 Revolution in Egypt, thousands of Copts participated in mass demonstrations in solidarity with Egypt’s revolution. These actions by the Coptic community went directly against the wishes of Pope Shenouda.
It was reported by AP, that several Muslims dignitaries, and representatives from numerous countries, and organizations attended the event. Some of the Egyptian guests included: Constitution Party leader Mohamed ElBaradei, Popular Current leader Hamdeen Sabbahi, Prime Minister Hisham Qandil, President Morsi’s representative Refaa El-Tahtawi.
Spiritual leaders led a series of rituals that raised Pope Tawadros II, 60, to the highest level of leadership for the Coptic community in Egypt.