Fawzi Khalil is a pastor at Kasr el-Dobara Presbyterian Church, located near Tahrir Square. He believes no comparison should be made between Shenouda and his successor.
“God has determined the times and seasons, and appointed Shenouda in his wisdom,” said Khalil, whose church is the largest Protestant congregation in the Middle East. “God will not leave us as orphans, and in a few years we will speak of the new pope as was spoken of Joshua after Moses, and Elisha after Elijah. Our Lord will always raise new leaders.”
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The Coptic ‘pope of the Bible’ was controversial yet beloved.
Jayson Casper in Cairo | posted 3/19/2012 09:39AM
Pope Shenouda, the controversial yet beloved head of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt, died Saturday after 40 years of leading and reforming the ancient Christian communion. His death complicates the uncertain position of Orthodox believers—who represent 90 percent of Egyptian Christians—now that Islamists have surged to leadership following Egypt’s revolution last January.
Coptic Protestants respected and appreciated the pope.
“Shenouda was a pope of the Bible,” said Ramez Atallah, head of the Bible Society of Egypt. “We are the fifth-largest Bible society in the world because [he] created a hunger for the Scriptures among Copts.” Continue reading “Why Pope Shenoudas Death Matters to Egyptian Protestants | Christianity Today | A Magazine of Evangelical Conviction”