November 19, 2012
CNS PHOTO | MOHAMED ABD EL GHANY, REUTERS
New Coptic pope
Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria, the newly chosen patriarch of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church, conducts an interview at the Wadi Natrun Monastery in Cairo Nov. 5.
More than 2,400 bishops and elite lay leaders voted Nov. 4 to reduce a five-person short list to three nominees for a new pope.
At that point, Tawadros' name was drawn from a glass bowl by a blindfolded child in a traditional ceremony held at Cairo's St. Mark's Cathedral; the Coptic Orthodox Church says the process lets "the hand of God" make the final choice.
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