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29 October 2012
The Coptic Orthodox Church UK
Media and Public Relations Office
Three candidates remain after votes were counted as part of the penultimate stage of the Papal Selection Process for The Coptic Orthodox Church. The 118th Pope will be announced on 4 November 2012.
The Holy Synod has announced the final 3 papal candidates as part of the process to select the 118th Pope for the Coptic Orthodox Church. The three remaining candidates who were chosen by the 2411 eligible voters are:
Bishop RoufailBishop Tawadros
Father Rafael Ava-Mina
His Grace Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop of The Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom said,
‘As we near the end of this historic process, our own prayerful work and deliberation has now come to an end and the next stage requires prayer alone. Through these prayers and the altar ballot on 4 November, we place everything in the faithful hands of God, confident that He is the true Shepherd of the Church, and that He will continue to faithfully guide His Church in Egypt as He has for over two thousand years.’
In a process that has taken nine months, the new Pope will be selected in an altar ballot during a Liturgical service at The Grand Cathedral of St Mark in Cairo on 4 November 2012.