28 October 2012

Egypt: Copts to Choose 118th Pope On Monday

As many as 2,405 eligible voters will cast their ballots on Monday 29/10/2012 in the papal election in addition to five representatives from the Ethiopian Orthodox Church to choose the 118th pope in the history of the Orthodox Church.

The final list comprises five nominees; Father Pachomius el-Syriani, a monk at the Virgin Mary monastery in Wadi Natroun, Father Raphael Ava Mina, a monk at the monastery of Saint Mina in Alexandria, Bishop Raphael, the Auxiliary Bishop of Central Cairo and Heliopolis and a member of the Holy Synod, Father Seraphim el-Syriani, a monk at the Virgin Mary monastery in Wadi Natroun and Bishop Tawadros, the Auxiliary Bishop for Beheira.

The papal election will be held at St. Mark Cathedral Church in Abbassiya.

Ballot counting will start immediately after the vote and the top three winners will compete in an "altar lottery" on November 4, before the winning candidate is named on the very same day.

The election will be held in one booth, which will have eight ballot boxes one of which will be dedicated to immigrant voters.

A representative from the Interior Ministry will be monitoring the papal vote.

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