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New Coptic Catholic patriarch enthroned

Catholic World News - March 13, 2013

Patriarch Ibrahim Isaac Sidrak was enthroned as patriarch of the Coptic Catholic Church on March 12 as his predecessor, Cardinal Antonios Naguib, was taking part in the Mass for the election of the Roman Pontiff at St. Peter’s Basilica.

Representatives of Egypt’s government and the patriarch of the far larger Coptic Orthodox Church attended the enthronement liturgy in Cairo, during which Patriarch Sidrak called for equal rights for Christians and Muslims.

Born in 1955, Patriarch Sidrak was ordained to the priesthood in 1980 and consecrated Bishop of Minya in 2002. He was elected Coptic Catholic patriarch in January following Cardinal Naguib’s resignation at the age of 77.

The Coptic Catholic Church, an Eastern Catholic church in full communion with the Holy See, has 162,000 members.

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