Coptic Christians left feeling vulnerable by loss of their leader of 40 years as Muslim parties gain power after Mubarak’s fall
Barack Obama paid tribute to Shenouda as “an advocate for tolerance and religious dialogue”.
“We will remember Pope Shenouda III as a man of deep faith, a leader of a great faith, and an advocate for unity and reconciliation,” the American president said in a statement. “His commitment to Egypt’s national unity is also a testament to what can be accomplished when people of all religions and creeds work together.”
“Baba Shenouda” as he was known to his followers, headed one of the most ancient churches in the world. The Copts traces their faith’s origins to St Mark, who is said to have brought Christianity to Egypt in the 1st century.