Egypt’s Copts Choose New Pope

    A picture taken on October 17, 2012 shows Bishop Tawadros of the Nile Delta province of Beheira, 60, posing for a photograph in the Egyptian capital Cairo. Bishop Tawadros was chosen as new Pope of Egypt's Coptic Christians when a blindfolded altar boy picked his name from a chalice in a ceremony invoking divine guidance for the beleaguered minority. AFP PHOTO/STR        (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Pope Tawadros II was selected as the new leader of the Egyptian Coptic Church on Sunday. The faith’s adherents have dealt with increasing uncertainty since their last leader, Pope Shenouda III, died earlier this year. Copts in Egypt have been uneasy about their place in the country since the downfall of dictator Hosni Mubarak and distressed in particular by the rise of powerful Islamist factions. Christians make up about 10 percent of the population in the country of 83 million.

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