My deepest sympathies to my Coptic brothers and sisters in Christ, on the death of their Spiritual leader Shenouda Iii . I have been very concerned for Christians in Egypt. I pray that their next spiritual leader will be able to guide his people with wisdom. God Bless all the Christians of the middle east
From the Prime Minister's Web Site (http://www.pm.gc.ca/)
Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on the death of his Holiness Pope Shenouda III, Pope of Alexandria
March 17, 2012
Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued the following statement on the death of Pope Shenouda III, Pope of Alexandria:
"I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Pope Shenouda III, Pope of Alexandria.
"Much beloved and respected leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church, Pope Shenouda III, steadfastly led his community through challenging times.
"Pope Shenouda was an exemplary promoter of religious tolerance and understanding, renowned for his humanity and empathy with the Coptic community, as well as people of other faiths.
"He was cherished by young and old alike, and honoured around the world.
"Canada joins with those who mourn his passing."
Thousands mourn Egypt's Coptic Pope Shenouda III
Tens of thousands of Egyptian Coptic Christians have held an overnight vigil in Cairo to mourn the death of their spiritual leader, Pope Shenouda III.
Many wept as they prayed for the pope outside the city's main cathedral.
The vigil was followed by a Sunday morning Mass, with the dead pope's body sat in the papal chair dressed in ceremonial robes.
He died at the age of 88 on Saturday, after reportedly suffering from cancer. He led the Church for four decades.
Coptic Christians make up 10% of Egypt's population of 80 million, making them the Middle East's largest Christian minority.
After attacks on Coptic Christians in recent years, Pope Shenouda had urged officials to do more to address the community's concerns.