On Sunday, the new pope of Egypt’s Orthodox Coptic church was enthroned. The ceremony lasted nearly four hours and was attended by the nation’s Muslim prime minister and a host of Cabinet ministers and politicians. Egypt’s Islamist President Mohammed Mursi did not attend the enthronement. Pope Tawadros II, 60, was elected on Nov. 4th and his enthronement comes at an uncertain time for Egypt’s Christians, following the fall of Hosni Mubarak last year. Egypt’s Christian minority has been the target of attacks in recent years. The bombing of a major church in Alexandria in January 2011 killed 21 people and sparked worldwide backlash. Christians make up 5-10% of Egypt’s majority Sunni Muslim population and form the largest Christian minority in the Middle East. The rise of Islamist political forces have left many Christians concerned about their future.
Do you think Sunday’s enthronement will help put an end to the rise in anti-Christian attacks? What relationship can Pope Tawadros II expect to have with President Mursi?