Sources: VOM Contacts, Compass Direct News, Assist News ServiceMatthew 5:13-14The leader of Egypt's Coptic church has died, and Egyptian Christians ask for prayer as they choose their next leader. Pope Shenouda III, who led the Coptic Christian Church in Egypt for more than three decades, died on March 17 at age 88. Shenouda led the church through some of its most challenging times, often coming into conflict with the government. He spent three years in prison in 1981 for his criticism of then-President Sadat. His death comes at a time when the church is battling the worst persecution in its history. Salafist Islamist leaders publicly celebrated Shenouda's death. The church now faces the daunting task of choosing a new leader. "We need to pray that God might choose the right man ... who could unify all the different denominations in the country against the expected persecution," wrote our VOM worker in Egypt. "Many Christians have left the country already..., but we pray for those true believers to remain as God's salt and light."
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