Shenouda III died on March 17, at 88, after presiding over the largest Christian community in the Middle East — and one of the most ancient in the world — for more than four decades
March 20, 2012
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Pallbearers carry the coffin of Coptic Pope Shenouda III out of Saint Mark's cathedral during his funeral service in Cairo's al-Abbassiya district on March 20, 2012. Tens of thousands of Egyptian Coptic Christians attended a funeral mass for their late patriarch, led by senior clerics at the main cathedral in Cairo.