Chaos at Coptic Pope’s Memorial

    Egyptian Christian Copts push through a military police line as they run to enter Saint Mark's Coptic Cathedral in Cairo's al-Abbassiya district on March 19, 2012 where tens of thousands of grieving Coptic Christians bid farewell to Pope Shenuda III, the spiritual leader of the Middle East's largest Christian minority, who died on March 16 at the age of 88 after a long illness, setting in motion the process to elect a new patriarch for the Middle East's largest Christian community. AFP PHOTO/GIANLUIGI GUERCIA (Photo credit should read GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Three people were crushed to death when the memorial service for Egypt’s late Coptic Pope Shenouda III plunged into chaos Sunday. Tens of thousands of mourners tried to catch a glimpse of his embalmed corpse, which sat on the papal throne at a Cairo cathedral. Dozens more were injured in the crowded church. The 88-year-old leader died Saturday and reportedly suffered from cancer.

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