About 120 km northwest of Cairo in St. Bishoy Monastery, hundreds of Copts queue impatiently waiting to receive the blessing of the newly-selected Pope Tawadros II. The large dining hall in front of his office suddenly fills with laughter and ululations as a white-gold official papal outfit is carried in to the waiting pope-elect.
On simple chairs placed in the open garden of the monastery, the Daily News Egypt meets with Egypt’s new Coptic pope to explore his plans for the church. The patriarch of the largest Christian community in the region comments on Christian divorce, marriage and inheritance.
Photos by Hassan Ibrahim