An­other Pope

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Al­though the Pope in Rome is the head of the Catholic Church, the Cop­tic Ortho­dox Church is an en­tirely sep­a­rate faith founded by Saint Mark in the 1st cen­tury CE. The head of the Cop­tic Church is the Pope of Alexan­dria and Pa­tri­arch of Saint Mark, a fig­ure who leads a world­wide congregation of over 18 mil­lion. Based mainly in Egypt, the Cop­tic Church ob­serves dif­fer­ent prac­tices and uses its own ver­sion of the Bi­ble. One of the most in­trigu­ing tra­di­tions of the church is the method by which it se­lects each new Pope. In­stead of an out­right elec­tion, the suc­cess­ful can­di­date is cho­sen at ran­dom by a blind­folded child. This ‘Holy Al­tar Lottery’ is used, as it is be­lieved that divine in­ter­ven­tion de­ter­mines the out­come.

A blind­folded al­tar boy se­lects a name at ran­dom to de­cide the next Cop­tic Pope in 2012

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