2012 - DEATH OF THE COPTIC POPE SHENUDA III

EGYPT. CAIRO. March 20, 2012.  Egyptian Christian Copts mourn the death of Pope Shenuda III, the spiritual leader of the Middle East's largest Christian minority, at the Saint Mark Coptic cathedral in Cairo's al-Abbassiya district. Pope Shenuda III died at the age of 88, after a long battle with illness and based on his wishes he will be buried on March 20, at St. Bishoy monastery in Wadi Natrun in the Nile Delta where he spent his time in exile after a dispute with late president Anwar Sadat.