Blindfolded Boy to Choose Next Coptic Christian Pope

Picture: Aghapy (CC)

Eeny, meeny, miny pope…

A blindfolded boy will on Sunday select the new pope for millions of Coptic Christians in Egypt, becoming his mother’s pride and joy in the process.

Nearly 2,500 eligible voters made up of Coptic public officials, MPs, journalists and local councillors have already pre-selected three candidates to succeed pope Shenuda III, who died in March at the age of 88.

They are Bishop Rafael, 54, a medical doctor and current assistant bishop for central Cairo; Bishop Tawadros of the Nile Delta province of Beheira, 60; and Father Rafael Ava Mina, the oldest of the five original candidates at 70.

Their names will now be written on separate pieces of paper and placed in a box on the altar of St Mark’s Cathedral, for God to guide the boy’s hand towards the winner — in the beliefs of the Church and the faithful.

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6 Comments on "Blindfolded Boy to Choose Next Coptic Christian Pope"

  1. Calypso_1 | Nov 4, 2012 at 9:12 pm |

    I suppose it’s better having a boy choose a pope than a pope choosing a boy…

  2. InfvoCuernos | Nov 4, 2012 at 10:33 pm |

    seems legit. Maybe we should choose our president that way.

    • BuzzCoastin | Nov 4, 2012 at 10:35 pm |

      that’s far too random and potentially fair
      better that Banksters blind with greed chose our puppet prez
      than to leave it to the people

  3. BuzzCoastin | Nov 4, 2012 at 10:33 pm |

    how apropos
    the blind leading the blind

    is this process called Blind Man’s Bluff?

  4. Matt Staggs | Nov 5, 2012 at 8:52 am |

    Wonder if they spin the boy around a few times first…

  5. Simiantongue | Nov 5, 2012 at 10:14 am |

    Runner up gets a center cut roast, third place two $5 scratch tickets! Not bad at all.

    But seriously if god is supposed to be guiding the kids hands, why is there a need to whittle it down to three names? Surely god is capable of having the name s/he wants drawn, even if it were from an infinite barrel. Why have those 2500 “eligible voters” pre-select three candidates. Why not throw in every name you can gather and let god do the rest? Now that would be faith.

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