Thousands attend funeral of Coptic Pope Shenouda


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.