Tuesday, 20 March 2012

"Not A Country We Live In, But A Country That Lives Within Us"

Thus was Egypt described by Shenouda III, who was buried today on a national day of mourning and with the rulers of the nation in attendance.

Can you name a neighbouring country where the rulers of the nation would not turn out, nor would they declare a national day of mourning, for the Coptic Orthodox Patriarch (and there is one) any more than for the Greek Orthodox Patriarch, or the Latin Patriarch, or the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Patriarch, or the Franciscan Custos, or the Syrian Orthodox Patriarch, or the Greek-Melkite-Catholic Patriarch, or the Ethiopian Orthodox Patriarch, or the Maronite Patriarchal Exarch, or the Anglican Archbishop, or the Evangelical Lutheran Church Bishop, or the Syrian Catholic Patriarchal Exarch, or the Armenian Catholic Patriarchal Exarch?

I'll give you a clue: Shenouda's body has been flown back to rest at the monastery to which he was banished by President Sadat for opposing the Camp David Accords.

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