Egypt's Copts Name New Pope amid Uncertainty

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Egypt's Coptic Christian Church has named a new pope during a time when many fear for their future.

Sixty-year-old Bishop Tawadros was chosen Sunday during a ceremony at St. Marks' Cathedral in Cairo.

His name was chosen from three names placed in plastic balls inside a chalice. The drawing by a blindfolded boy is believed to reflect God's will.

Egypt's Christians have faced violent attacks by Muslim extremists since the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak. Many have fled the country.

"The rules of the game have changed," Yousuf Sidhum, editor of the Coptic Christian daily Al Watan, told the Wall Street Journal. "Copts cannot judge their political power by how near or intimate they are to the president."

"The situation for us in Egypt is not stable," 27-year-old Peter Nasser, a volunteer at the Mass, said. "We hope the incoming pope will make our problems known to the outside world."

Bishop Tawadros will be ordained on Nov. 18.

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