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(from ONE magazine May 2006)

New Patriarch in Egypt
Posted: 11 May 2006

The Coptic Catholic synod of bishops has elected the retired bishop of Minya, Antonios Naguib, Patriarch of Alexandria of the Copts. The synod, which met in Cairo in late March, also accepted the resignation of 86-year-old Patriarch Stephanos II, a good friend of CNEWA, who led the church since his election in 1986.

The new patriarch was born in Samalout, Egypt, in 1935, ordained a priest in 1960 and consecrated a bishop in 1977.

As is customary for the Eastern churches in full communion with Rome, newly elected patriarchs seek ecclesial communion with the bishop of Rome. In an exchange of letters published in early April, Benedict XVI approved the election and offered prayers that Patriarch Antonios would “guide the Coptic Catholic Church with wisdom and prudence.”

Some 250,000 Coptic Catholics live in Egypt with a growing number immigrating to Europe, North America and Oceania.

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