Thousands attend funeral of Coptic Pope Shenouda


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The Independent Online

Thousands of mourners packed Cairo's main cathedral yesterday for the funeral of the Coptic Orthodox Pope, Shenouda III, who spent his final years trying to comfort a community disturbed by the rise of political Islam in Egypt.

Pope Shenouda, who died on Saturday aged 88, won respect among the Muslim majority, but his last years witnessed a growth in sectarian tension that worsened with the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak last year.