UPDATE: The remaining 5 candidates for the papal chair will shortly arrive at St Bishoy's Monastery in Wadi Al Natrun for a meeting with Bishop Pachomius and the Nominations Committee to discuss the next phase of the papal election process.
At a press conference on Saturday afternoon in Wadi El-Natroun, headed by Bishop Pakhomious, Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church announced the final list of 5 candidates in the running to become the next pope replacing Pope Shenouda III who died in March.
Two of the candidates are bishops and three are monks. Candidates are:
- Bishop Raphael
- Bishop Tawadros
- Fr Raphael Afamina
- Fr Bakhamious El-Souriani
- Fr Sarafim El-Souriani
The church is expected to pick the new Pope in a special lottery ceremony on 2 December. There will be three days of fasting on November 19-21, preceding the election.
Those who have been removed from the process are:...