As part of the process of electing a new Pope, the Coptic Church calls on all its members to observe the following fasts:
- A three-day fast on October 1-3.
- A three-day fast on November 19-20,
- A three-day fast on November 26-28
On 2 December, one of three final nominees will be chosen by a blindfolded child, in accordance with Coptic papal tradition following mass at St. Mark's Coptic Cathedral in Cairo's Abbasiya district.