Election date set for Coptic Patriarch: The Church of England Newspaper, September 30, 2012 p 6 October 2, 2012Posted by geoconger in Church of England Newspaper, Coptic Orthodox.
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The Coptic Orthodox Church has set 2 December 2012 as the date for the election to a successor to Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria.
According to the announcement distributed via the Egyptian State Information Service, the 2,405 members of the Holy Synod of the Coptic Orthodox Church and the church’s General Lay Council will cast ballots on 24 November to select three finalists drawn from a short list of candidates prepared on 4 Oct.
The names of three nominees will be written on three slips of paper and a blindfolded child will then chose one of the three slips of paper at random and by this action, symbolizing the power of the Holy Spirit, the winner will be named the 118th Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark.
First printed in The Church of England Newspaper.