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March 19, 2012 11:09 am

Egyptian Christian Leader Dies as Community Mourns

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Pope Shenuda III. Photo: wiki commons.

CBS News/AP – Tens of thousands of Coptic Christians lined up outside a cathedral in the Egyptian capital on Sunday to pay their final respects to the spiritual leader of their ancient church, whose body was seated inside on an ornate throne.

The grief of the faithful filing past Pope Shenouda, who died Saturday at 88, may also reflect the uncertainty felt by the country’s Christian minority following the recent rise of Islamists to power.

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