Pope Shenouda III Consecrates Only Coptic Church in Region

By Hiel, Betsy | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, February 3, 2007 | Go to article overview

Pope Shenouda III Consecrates Only Coptic Church in Region


Hiel, Betsy, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


Several hundred worshippers from Western Pennsylvania and surrounding states watched Friday as Coptic Christianity's spiritual leader consecrated the region's only Coptic church in a rite dating from the 1st century.

Pope Shenouda III conducted a ceremony filled with pomp, as well as a very personal touch, at St. Mary Coptic Orthodox Church in Ambridge, Beaver County.

The 83-year-old pope, who arrived in Pittsburgh on Thursday night, is beloved by followers for his warmth and for his success in expanding the church.

When he became the patriarch in Alexandria, Egypt -- the center of the Coptic faith -- in 1971, the church had only four parishes in North America and one in Europe. Today, more than 450 exist, more than 200 in North America alone.

Pope Shenouda -- a diminutive man with a full gray beard, bright eyes and a surprisingly accessible manner -- reflected on the church's growth and its future after consecrating the St. Mary congregation's new church.

"One point is very essential in our church ... that was the movement of Sunday schools," he declared. "Children grow up and become youth inside the church, so we don't have such serious problems."

Affectionately known by Egyptians as "Baba"-- Arabic for "Papa" - - the Egyptian-born pope thrilled the gathering with his familiar- yet-spiritual manner. On his third trip to America and second to Pittsburgh, he joked with the throng.

"Why didn't you bring your sons and daughters today?" he asked in both English and Arabic before telling children in the assembly to stand. "I was a youth -- 70 years ago," he said, as the youngsters moved forward for a blessing.

Coptic Christians trace their roots to the flight to Egypt by Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus. Alexandria has been the church's base since St. Mark established a ministry there in 43 A.D.

The morning began with full pomp and ceremony. White-and-peach carnations adorned church pews and the scent of incense filled the air.

Young and older church deacons, in white tunics and red sashes embroidered with gold crosses, walked toward the altar carrying large, ornate gold crosses or bouquets of lilies. …

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