Baba Shnouda or Pope Shnouda, the head of the Coptic Orthodox Church died today… he was 88 years old and in failing health… but it was still a surprise.
He played an important role in fortifying the Coptic Church during some trying times as well as had been pretty active in encouraging cross-sectarian dialogue among different Christian groups. I know I said I wanted to post about Christian Egypt, I guess quite a few more will follow.
Baba Shnouda’s death to me, feel like Pope John Paul’s death in 2005 I was in Morocco at the time, and although I am not Catholic, he was the only leader of the Catholic Church that I had grown up with. It was sad. Similarly as I have bee looking at Egypt and Copts Papa Shnouda figured into my image of the Coptic Church in particular.
I am wondering how long it will take to pick the new Pope, and how all this fits into lent season. Wow, what a time to be in Egypt indeed. Absolutely everything is in transition.
May his soul rest in peace.