Death of Bishop ceases intake of new monks in Egypt monasteries

Egypt Coptic Church stops accepting monks after bishop death

By MENNA ZAKI

Source: Associated Press

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church said Thursday it will not be taking in new monks in monasteries nationwide for a year after the unresolved death of the abbot of a prominent monastery in the desert northwest of Cairo.

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The church said in a statement that the measure, which goes into effect starting this month, is among a series taken after Bishop Epiphanius, abbot of St. Macarius Monastery, also known as Anba Maqar, was found dead in the monastery earlier this week.

His funeral was held this week and attended by Pope Tawadros II, the spiritual leader of Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Christians, one the world’s oldest Christian communities.

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