There are many reasons for the Copts to resent Egypt for what has been done to them, yet their leaders unfailingly urge them to support their country.
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Yesterday the man stood up to welcome Pope Shenouda III, who walked towards him, upright and sprightly. All the wrinkles were gone from his face, his back was straight, he was free of his aches and pains and his hair had turned quite black again.
In a sense, then, Pope Shenouda came to personify the collective struggles of the Copts -- and so his death has likewise been felt especially deeply by the community as a whole.
* Pope Shenouda, 88, served as Orthodox pope since 1971 * Thousands of faithful gather outside Cairo's main cathedral *...
By Francis X. Rocca
Religion News Service
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