New Coptic Pope to be named on 4th November

Ahram Online

Bishop Paul announces 4 November as the date of the altar lottery which will determine the new Pope.

The spokesman of Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church, Bishop Paul, has announced that the new Coptic Orthodox Patriarch will be chosen on 4 November.

Three out of the current list of five candidates will be selected on 29 October, and their names will be put into the altar lottery, which will take place on 4 November.

The current final candidates were announced earlier this week.

The lottery will determine the successor to Pope Shenouda, who held the apostolic throne from 1971 until his death last March.