Peanut Gallery: Yesterday, eligible Coptic voters selected three final candidates as successor to Pope Shenouda III (Wikipedia.) The final selection will be made by a child from the congregation who will choose the new Coptic Pope by lot… ultimately putting the selection in God’s hands. See earlier post.
Prior to Sunday’s selection, the Church has been asked to fast and pray.
“Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.”
The altar lottery will decide the successor to Pope Shenouda III among Bishop Raphael, auxiliary bishop of central Cairo, Bishop Tawadros, the auxiliary bishop for Beheira, and Father Raphael Ava Mina, a monk at St. Mina Monastery.
Bishop Angaelos, secretary for acting Pope Pachomius, said the Church will conduct a lottery to choose one child from amongst 70 children to conduct the final altar lottery.
Georgette Qillini, a member of the nominations committee, said the church has geared up for the altar lottery. Three bits of paper bearing the names of the three nominees will be placed in a glass box and then a child, between 4 and 7 years old, will pick one paper.
The acting pope will announce the name of the winner and the two other bits of paper will be taken out of the box and opened to show that they bore the names of the other two candidates. The three candidates, still in their retreats, will then be notified of the result of the lottery.
She added that the operations room set up by Pachomius has worked hard to facilitate the vote of expatriate Copts.
Qillini said 94 percent of eligible voters cast ballots, adding that there was a judge appointed to each ballot box to ensure the integrity of the vote, even though monitoring is not required.