Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Copts face uncertain future after leader's death

Catholic World News - March 20, 2012

Pope Shenouda III, who died on March 17 at the age of 88, played a defining role in the recent history of the Coptic Orthodox Church—not only because of his remarkably long tenure (40 years) as the Coptic Pope, but also because he presided during a period of profound social change in Egypt.

Father Samir Khalil Samir, SJ, a Vatican expert on the Arab world, looks at the prospects for the Copts in the wake of Shenouda’s death. The deceased Coptic leader had made an informal alliance with ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, he notes, and the Coptic Church has seen a sharp rise in anti-Christian violence since Mubarak’s departure and the swing toward an Islamic government.

The Coptic Church showed signs of growth and health during Shenouda’s reign, despite the pressures of an Islamic majority. Relations between Copts and other Christian groups were not strong, however.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our August expenses ($15,000 to go):
$35,000.00 $19,999.98
43% 57%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

The Blessed Book of Beasts 2 hours ago
Weekend reading 11 hours ago
Frustrating the Moral Law 11 hours ago
Weep for slaughtered Christians, not for dialogue with Islam 16 hours ago
An Appointment that Francis Should Withdraw August 28

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
‘A real via crucis’: Pope Francis, patriarch plead on behalf of Iraq’s Christians CWN - August 8
Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Christians in flight as Islamic State advances CWN - August 8