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Coptic leader's health deteriorating

Catholic World News - January 31, 2012

Pope Shenouda III, the leader of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church, is in declining health and may be close to death.

The Egyptian prelate, who is 88 years old, suffers from diabetes and kidney disease, and has been in the US for hospital treatment. A spokesman denied that Pope Shenouda is incapacitated, however, and promised that he would make his regular appearance to deliver a weekly address on Wednesday, February 1.

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