Funeral held for Coptic Pope

Memorial service held for Pope Shenouda in Egyptian capital Cairo
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Thousands of mourners packed Cairo's main cathedral on Tuesday for the funeral of Pope Shenouda, who spent his final years trying to comfort a Coptic Orthodox community worried about the rise of political Islam in Egypt. (Getty Images)
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Shenouda, who died on Saturday aged 88, promoted religious harmony, winning respect among the Muslim majority, but his last years witnessed a growth in sectarian tension that worsened with the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak last year.(Getty Images)
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"I can't tell you how much sorrow I have inside me. This was a great, great man and it will be hard to find anyone like him again," said Ivon Mosaed, a 52-year-old Christian Copt who heads an educational institute offering foreign languages courses.(Getty Images)
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Peole pray during the funeral of Pope Shenouda III, the head of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church, near the Abassiya Cathedral March 20, 2012 in Cairo, Egypt. Thousands of mourners gathered in Cairo for the funeral of Egypt's Orthodox Christian Pope Shenouda. (Getty Images)
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Flowers are held above the crowd as Egyptian Christians mourn at the funeral of Pope Shenouda III, the head of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church, near the Abassiya Cathedral March 20, 2012 in Cairo, Egypt. Thousands of mourners gathered in Cairo for the funeral of Egypt's Orthodox Christian Pope Shenouda. (Getty Images)
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A woman mourns during the funeral of Pope Shenouda III, the head of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church, near the Abassiya Cathedral March 20, 2012 in Cairo, Egypt. Thousands of mourners gathered in Cairo for the funeral of Egypt's Orthodox Christian Pope Shenouda. (Getty Images)
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Religious leaders from across the world, including a delegation of senior Catholics from the Vatican, joined thousands of Copts in the Orthodox Cathedral. (Getty Images)
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Long-bearded priests wearing bulbous black mitres prayed over Shenouda's body that lay in an open coffin, a golden mitre on his head and a gold-tipped staff in his hand.(Getty Images)
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A uniformed delegation from Egypt's ruling military council and several candidates for the upcoming presidential elections attended the funeral. Security was tight, with dozens of police and army trucks positioned outside and plainclothes police posted on bridges and in streets nearby. (Getty Images)
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Prayers, conducted in Egypt's ancient liturgical Coptic language that predates the arrival of Islam in the seventh century, were led by Bishop Bakhomious, head of a church district in the Nile Delta north of Cairo, who will hold the post of pope for two months until a new leader is elected.(Getty Images)
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