Coptic Pope Shenouda III
The Coptic Orthodox Church has issued a list of 2,600 voters who will choose three candidates patriarchs, one will become the successor of Pope Shenouda III. According to the Coptic Orthodox tradition, it is by the hand of a child under 9 years, a symbol of innocence and purity, that “the hand of God” will mean the new primate of the Coptic Orthodox Church: the child, blindfolded, will draw lots for a name among the three candidates who collected the most votes within the community. This choice should take place in November.
According to the Egyptian press, more than half of voters are lay people. Nearly 5% of the electoral assembly are women. And 20% are from out of Egypt Coptic communities. To be elected Patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church, the candidate must be male, older than 40 years old, single, spending 15 years in a monastery, and having the support of at least seven bishops of the synod. Shenouda III died March 17, 2012 at the age of 88.