AP Photos: Egypt's Copts choose new pope

Associated Press Modified: November 4, 2012 at 2:01 pm •  Published: November 4, 2012
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On Nov. 18 he will be ordained as Pope Tawadros II, the 118th pope of the ancient Coptic Orthodox Church.

His challenges will be even more daunting than those that faced Shenouda.

Over the past year, Islamists have risen to power in Egypt, and Copts charge that discrimination, persecution and physical attacks by Islamic extremists have increased.

The new pope will have to walk the fine line of representing his people's concerns to the government without becoming a tool of the regime on the one hand or alienating Egypt's rulers on the other, and all the while maintaining the respect of his followers.