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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://britishorthodox.org/3726/five-candidates-for-the-coptic-papacy-named/ Five candidates for the Coptic Papacy named Posted on: Saturday, 13th October,
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      Five candidates for the Coptic Papacy named
      Posted on: Saturday, 13th October, 2012

      At a press conference at St. Bishoy’s Monastery in Wadi El N’atrun on 13
      October, His Eminence Metropolitan Bakhomious, the patriarchal locum
      tenens, and the members of the Candidates’ Selection Committee (which
      has been in retreat at the Monastery since 4 October), announced the
      names of the five candidates, whose names will go forward for election
      on 24 November. They include two General Bishops, Anba Tawadros, who has
      served as Assistant to Metropolitan Bakhomious in Damanhur and Anba
      Raphael, General Bishop for Central Cairo and assistant Bishop for
      Youth. Both bishops were consecrated to the episcopate by Pope Shenouda
      on 15 June 1997. The other three candidates are all priest-monks: Abouna
      Raphael Ava Mina, Abouna Bakhomious El-Souriani and Abouna Seraphim
      El-Souriani.

      The absence of any diocesan bishops in this list will remove the wide
      concerns in the church that the election of diocesan bishops is
      uncanonical and against the fundamental traditions of the Coptic Church.

      Commenting on this news, Abba Seraphim stated that he was impressed with
      the calm and dignified way in which the process of electing our next
      Pope has moved forward. It is widely recognised that much of the credit
      for this is due to the efficient administration of the patriarchal locum
      tenens. Against this ethos and with the prayerful and reflective
      response of the people entrusted with the awesome task of voting, one
      felt great confidence that the Holy Spirit would make His will for the
      Church known. Only a spiritual leader selected in this way would possess
      the authority necessary to assume the heavy burdens of the papacy. Our
      prayers should also be for the candidates, that Gods will strengthen
      them in their faith and give them courage.

      There will be a further three days of fasting on 19, 20 & 21 November,
      preceding the election.
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