Author Topic: HH Pope Shenouda III has Reposed in The Lord  (Read 28987 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline CoptoGeek

  • of Alexandria, the Christ-loving City
  • OC.net guru
  • *******
  • Posts: 1,464
HH Pope Shenouda III has Reposed in The Lord
« on: March 17, 2012, 01:17:17 PM »
Memory eternal.
"Be oppressed, rather than the oppressor. Be gentle, rather than zealous. Lay hold of goodness, rather than justice." -St. Isaac of Nineveh

“I returned to the Coptic Orthodox Church with affection, finding in her our tormented and broken history“. -Salama Moussa


Offline sheenj

  • OC.net guru
  • *******
  • Posts: 1,424
  • St. Gregorios of Parumala, pray for us...
  • Faith: Oriental Orthodox
  • Jurisdiction: Indian/Malankara Orthodox Church
Re: HH Pope Shenouda III has Reposed in The Lord
« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2012, 01:30:36 PM »
Lord have mercy on your servant and grant him memory eternal.

Offline Alpo

  • Taxiarches
  • **********
  • Posts: 7,262
  • My borcht recipe is better than your borcht recipe
Re: HH Pope Shenouda III has Reposed in The Lord
« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2012, 01:35:34 PM »
Memory eternal!

Offline genesisone

  • Archon
  • ********
  • Posts: 2,586
  • Faith: Orthodox
  • Jurisdiction: Antioch
Re: HH Pope Shenouda III has Reposed in The Lord
« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2012, 01:45:18 PM »
Memory eternal!

Offline Iconodule

  • Uranopolitan
  • Taxiarches
  • **********
  • Posts: 7,134
  • "My god is greater."
Re: HH Pope Shenouda III has Reposed in The Lord
« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2012, 02:00:47 PM »
Memory eternal
"A riddle or the cricket's cry
Is to doubt a fit reply." - William Blake

Offline Ansgar

  • Archon
  • ********
  • Posts: 3,041
  • Keep your mind in hell and do not despair
Re: HH Pope Shenouda III has Reposed in The Lord
« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2012, 02:20:33 PM »
Memory Eternal!
Do not be cast down over the struggle - the Lord loves a brave warrior. The Lord loves the soul that is valiant.

-St Silouan the athonite

Offline ialmisry

  • There's nothing John of Damascus can't answer
  • Hypatos
  • *****************
  • Posts: 38,391
Re: HH Pope Shenouda III has Reposed in The Lord
« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2012, 02:30:02 PM »
Lord have mercy! Memory eternal!

What an inopportune time!  But then He knows better.
Question a friend, perhaps he did not do it; but if he did anything so that he may do it no more.
A hasty quarrel kindles fire,
and urgent strife sheds blood.
If you blow on a spark, it will glow;
if you spit on it, it will be put out;
                           and both come out of your mouth

Offline CoptoGeek

  • of Alexandria, the Christ-loving City
  • OC.net guru
  • *******
  • Posts: 1,464
« Last Edit: March 17, 2012, 02:43:06 PM by CoptoGeek »
"Be oppressed, rather than the oppressor. Be gentle, rather than zealous. Lay hold of goodness, rather than justice." -St. Isaac of Nineveh

“I returned to the Coptic Orthodox Church with affection, finding in her our tormented and broken history“. -Salama Moussa

Offline CoptoGeek

  • of Alexandria, the Christ-loving City
  • OC.net guru
  • *******
  • Posts: 1,464
Re: HH Pope Shenouda III has Reposed in The Lord
« Reply #9 on: March 17, 2012, 02:35:21 PM »
Egypt's Coptic Christian Pope Shenouda III dies

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-17416429
"Be oppressed, rather than the oppressor. Be gentle, rather than zealous. Lay hold of goodness, rather than justice." -St. Isaac of Nineveh

“I returned to the Coptic Orthodox Church with affection, finding in her our tormented and broken history“. -Salama Moussa

Offline Severian

  • Aspiring Allopathic Ankle Orthodontist
  • Protokentarchos
  • *********
  • Posts: 5,129
  • Saint Severus of Antioch - the Eloquent Mouth
    • St. Jacob Baradeus' Orthodox Christian Fellowship
  • Faith: Orthodox Christianity
  • Jurisdiction: Coptic Orthodoxy
Re: HH Pope Shenouda III has Reposed in The Lord
« Reply #10 on: March 17, 2012, 02:43:16 PM »
Ya Rubb Irham!
"These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." -Jesus Christ

Remember the 21 new martyrs in your prayers.

Lord, protect Egypt, Syria, Lebanon & Iraq.

Offline Ortho_cat

  • Protokentarchos
  • *********
  • Posts: 5,392
Re: HH Pope Shenouda III has Reposed in The Lord
« Reply #11 on: March 17, 2012, 02:54:07 PM »
Memory eternal!

Offline Dominika

  • Serbian/Polish
  • OC.net guru
  • *******
  • Posts: 1,115
    • My youtube channel
  • Faith: Orthodox Christian
  • Jurisdiction: Sth different than my heart belongs to
Re: HH Pope Shenouda III has Reposed in The Lord
« Reply #12 on: March 17, 2012, 03:08:00 PM »
Memory eternal, Lord have mercy! Let the Copts have a new good patriarch, appropriate shepherd for this difficult times for Christians in Egypt! Grant this O Lord!

Pray for persecuted Christians, especially in Serbian Kosovo and Raška, Egypt and Syria

Offline minasoliman

  • Mr., Sir, Dude, Guy, Male, tr. Minas in Greek, Menes in white people Egyptologists :-P
  • Section Moderator
  • Toumarches
  • *****
  • Posts: 13,201
  • Strengthen O Lord the work of Your hands(Is 19:25)
Re: HH Pope Shenouda III has Reposed in The Lord
« Reply #13 on: March 17, 2012, 03:10:24 PM »
Indeed Dominika, indeed!  At this point in time, I pray to God that a wise and good shepherd is chosen even if it be for those few years of transition into the new Egyptian government that is well needed.
Vain existence can never exist, for "unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain." (Psalm 127)

If the faith is unchanged and rock solid, then the gates of Hades never prevailed in the end.

Offline scamandrius

  • Crusher of Secrets; House Lannister
  • Taxiarches
  • **********
  • Posts: 6,413
  • Faith: Orthodox Christian
  • Jurisdiction: Greek in exile
Re: HH Pope Shenouda III has Reposed in The Lord
« Reply #14 on: March 17, 2012, 03:11:00 PM »
Memory eternal.
I seek the truth by which no man was ever harmed--Marcus Aurelius

Those who do not read  history are doomed to get their facts from Hollywood--Anonymous

What earthly joy remains untouched by grief?--St. John Damascene

Offline bytania

  • Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 75
Abouna Shenouda
« Reply #15 on: March 17, 2012, 03:15:21 PM »
Is it true that His Holiness passed away today? I am seeing RIP status updates on facebook but didn't find any news. Can someone confirm please
If it is true, it is a devastating news :(((
Do not want things to turn out as they seem best to you, but as God pleases. Then you will be free from confusion, and thankful in prayer.
~The Desert Fathers

Offline Severian

  • Aspiring Allopathic Ankle Orthodontist
  • Protokentarchos
  • *********
  • Posts: 5,129
  • Saint Severus of Antioch - the Eloquent Mouth
    • St. Jacob Baradeus' Orthodox Christian Fellowship
  • Faith: Orthodox Christianity
  • Jurisdiction: Coptic Orthodoxy
« Last Edit: March 17, 2012, 03:29:58 PM by Severian »
"These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." -Jesus Christ

Remember the 21 new martyrs in your prayers.

Lord, protect Egypt, Syria, Lebanon & Iraq.

Online PeterTheAleut

  • The Right Blowhard Peter the Furtive of Yetts O'Muckhart
  • Section Moderator
  • Hypatos
  • *****
  • Posts: 33,722
  • Lord, have mercy on the Christians in Mosul!
  • Faith: Orthodox Christian
  • Jurisdiction: Orthodox Church in America
Re: HH Pope Shenouda III has Reposed in The Lord
« Reply #17 on: March 17, 2012, 03:24:29 PM »
Feel free to continue praying on this thread, but another thread exists solely for this purpose on the Prayer Forum if you would like to offer your prayers there as well.

http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php/topic,43642.0.html
Not all who wander are lost.

Offline minasoliman

  • Mr., Sir, Dude, Guy, Male, tr. Minas in Greek, Menes in white people Egyptologists :-P
  • Section Moderator
  • Toumarches
  • *****
  • Posts: 13,201
  • Strengthen O Lord the work of Your hands(Is 19:25)
Re: HH Pope Shenouda III has Reposed in The Lord
« Reply #18 on: March 17, 2012, 03:50:54 PM »
As per canon law, the locum tenens, or transitional leader of the Church would be the oldest bishop of the highest rank.  My father just read on the Egyptian channels that His Eminence Metropolitan Mikhail of Assyut passed down the responsibility and His Eminence Metropolitan Pakhomious of el-Beheira (and Pentapolis) accepted the post, and has asked the Coptic Church that no more than two months should be given for the election of the new Pope.  May God grant His Eminence strength and wisdom these next couple of weeks.

http://www.theholysynod.copticpope.org/m003.htm

« Last Edit: March 17, 2012, 04:22:52 PM by minasoliman »
Vain existence can never exist, for "unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain." (Psalm 127)

If the faith is unchanged and rock solid, then the gates of Hades never prevailed in the end.

Offline biro

  • Excelsior
  • Site Supporter
  • Hoplitarches
  • *****
  • Posts: 15,628
    • Alaska Volcanoes
  • Faith: Orthodox
  • Jurisdiction: GOAA
Re: HH Pope Shenouda III has Reposed in The Lord
« Reply #19 on: March 17, 2012, 07:01:35 PM »
http://www.copticpope.org/

This appears to be the announcement. Can someone translate?  :'(
He will come again with glory to judge the living and the dead. His kingdom will have no end.

Offline ComingHome

  • Elder
  • *****
  • Posts: 302
Re: HH Pope Shenouda III has Reposed in The Lord
« Reply #20 on: March 17, 2012, 07:31:51 PM »
Memory eternal.  Lord have mercy.


Offline sheenj

  • OC.net guru
  • *******
  • Posts: 1,424
  • St. Gregorios of Parumala, pray for us...
  • Faith: Oriental Orthodox
  • Jurisdiction: Indian/Malankara Orthodox Church
Re: HH Pope Shenouda III has Reposed in The Lord
« Reply #21 on: March 17, 2012, 08:11:10 PM »
http://www.copticpope.org/

This appears to be the announcement. Can someone translate?  :'(

According to google translate:

Quote

Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate
in the delivery of full to the will of the Lord,
and in full faith by submitting to his will,
convey to the people of Egypt and the world
and the Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt and the world,
The Departure of His Holiness our Father beloved
Pope Shenouda III
, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of Saint Mark Episcopate, the 117


Saint of our times and patron of our sponsors and head Osaagaftna,
who moved in the hope of resurrection and joined
to the church of virgins and the ranks of the saints
at a quarter past five pm Saturday, March 17, 2012
We pray for the departure of his soul pure, and condolences all of us
will bring you the details successively after the
convening of the Holy Synod.



Offline biro

  • Excelsior
  • Site Supporter
  • Hoplitarches
  • *****
  • Posts: 15,628
    • Alaska Volcanoes
  • Faith: Orthodox
  • Jurisdiction: GOAA
Re: HH Pope Shenouda III has Reposed in The Lord
« Reply #22 on: March 17, 2012, 08:43:58 PM »
Thank you, Sheenj.
He will come again with glory to judge the living and the dead. His kingdom will have no end.

Offline Severian

  • Aspiring Allopathic Ankle Orthodontist
  • Protokentarchos
  • *********
  • Posts: 5,129
  • Saint Severus of Antioch - the Eloquent Mouth
    • St. Jacob Baradeus' Orthodox Christian Fellowship
  • Faith: Orthodox Christianity
  • Jurisdiction: Coptic Orthodoxy
Re: HH Pope Shenouda III has Reposed in The Lord
« Reply #23 on: March 17, 2012, 10:11:34 PM »
We must also pray that his successor is a versatile man who can guide the Church through the current crisis in Egypt. He must also be firm in his Orthodoxy and spiritually sound so as to lead her through the battles she is facing with Protestantization.

Lord have mercy!
« Last Edit: March 17, 2012, 10:11:47 PM by Severian »
"These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." -Jesus Christ

Remember the 21 new martyrs in your prayers.

Lord, protect Egypt, Syria, Lebanon & Iraq.

Offline Seraphim98

  • High Elder
  • ******
  • Posts: 570
Re: HH Pope Shenouda III has Reposed in The Lord
« Reply #24 on: March 18, 2012, 02:12:38 AM »
Memory eternal, may God grant them a holy and able shepherd.

Offline Gebre Menfes Kidus

  • "SERVANT of The HOLY SPIRIT"
  • Merarches
  • ***********
  • Posts: 8,674
  • "Lord Have Mercy on Me a Sinner!"
    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?ref=profile&id=1456515775
Re: HH Pope Shenouda III has Reposed in The Lord
« Reply #25 on: March 18, 2012, 02:24:05 AM »
This is what I posted on my Facebook page:


"The world lost one of its beloved Orthodox fathers yesterday. His Holiness Pope Shenouda III - Patriarch of the Egyptian Coptic Church - departed in the Lord at the age of 88, after faithfully serving Him and His Church for decades. He was a stalwart preserver of Orthodox doctrine and morality, never caving into the pressures of modernity or the subjective whims of the liberal theological tide. His Holiness was an unapologetic defender of the Christian Faith amidst a sea of Islamic intimidation and terror. He also labored to preserve the Church from the onslaughts of Protestant heresies and cults. Now he has joined the angels and the beloved Saints of Egypt, St. Mary and St. Anthony, amongst others. He has left a wellspring of spiritual writings to guide and preserve the Church for ages to come. May his prayers and intercession be with us always, and may his blessed memory be Eternal!" 

Selam, +GMK+
"There are two great tragedies: one is to live a life ruled by the passions, and the other is to live a passionless life."
Selam, +GMK+

Offline mabsoota

  • Archon
  • ********
  • Posts: 2,837
  • Kyrie eleison
  • Faith: Christian
  • Jurisdiction: Orthodox (Coptic)
Re: HH Pope Shenouda III has Reposed in The Lord
« Reply #26 on: March 18, 2012, 03:08:54 AM »
what i can understand of that translation is ok.
the word 'Osaagaftna' means our bishop.

may the Lord give us peace and strength as we mourn the departure of one of our wisest and most loving leaders, a man who would never compromise his faith, and who talked to small children and great statesmen with the same care and attention, who left us with many memorable sayings (eg. 'our Lord is with us / present') and who was a great example as his live embodied the teachings of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
oh Lord, repose your beloved servant.
remember us and all the Christians, oh dear patriarch, before the throne of grace.

Offline jewish voice

  • High Elder
  • ******
  • Posts: 876
Re: HH Pope Shenouda III has Reposed in The Lord
« Reply #27 on: March 18, 2012, 03:22:32 AM »
I just seen this on Aol I remember about a year or 2 he did an interview with 60 mins may he rest in peace. I also just wanted to say that on the aol postings that O.O should be looking for there sites to go through the roof as people had no clue as to an eastern church even being around so Shenouda is still preaching to the people

Offline dzheremi

  • No longer posting here.
  • Protokentarchos
  • *********
  • Posts: 4,383
Re: HH Pope Shenouda III has Reposed in The Lord
« Reply #28 on: March 18, 2012, 04:00:25 AM »
Yes, I think for a lot of non-Orthodox to read the title "Pope" not connected to the Bishop of Rome must be a curious thing. But Pope Shenouda in a very real and direct way brought me to the church, and will continue to call others. Such a strong and loving shepherd attracts many of us wandering sheep.

I'm still really reeling from this news, but I know that God will provide for us in leading the church during these difficult times. May the prayers of our dear beloved father Pope Shenouda be with us all.

Offline SamB

  • High Elder
  • ******
  • Posts: 784
  • Crates of araq for sale! *hic*
Re: HH Pope Shenouda III has Reposed in The Lord
« Reply #29 on: March 18, 2012, 05:12:48 AM »
I second ialmisry there.  I thought just the same upon hearing the news.  There is an uncomfortable sense of urgency following the timing of this.

Offline SamB

  • High Elder
  • ******
  • Posts: 784
  • Crates of araq for sale! *hic*
Re: HH Pope Shenouda III has Reposed in The Lord
« Reply #30 on: March 18, 2012, 05:55:10 AM »
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyhQjUfgVOQ

Seated upon the patriarchal throne post-mortem during the funeral liturgy.

Offline Tzarchasm

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 7
Re: HH Pope Shenouda III has Reposed in The Lord
« Reply #31 on: March 18, 2012, 08:10:50 AM »
Memory eternal.

Offline Gorazd

  • OC.net guru
  • *******
  • Posts: 1,961
Re: HH Pope Shenouda III has Reposed in The Lord
« Reply #32 on: March 18, 2012, 03:14:00 PM »
Interestingly, in Arabic, he is called "Baba", which means "Daddy".

Offline dzheremi

  • No longer posting here.
  • Protokentarchos
  • *********
  • Posts: 4,383
Re: HH Pope Shenouda III has Reposed in The Lord
« Reply #33 on: March 18, 2012, 03:20:50 PM »
Well "Pope" comes from Gk. "Papas", originally "Father", so it makes sense.

Offline mabsoota

  • Archon
  • ********
  • Posts: 2,837
  • Kyrie eleison
  • Faith: Christian
  • Jurisdiction: Orthodox (Coptic)
Re: HH Pope Shenouda III has Reposed in The Lord
« Reply #34 on: March 18, 2012, 04:16:59 PM »
samb, thanks for that link. i watched it twice with my friend.

Offline Andrew21091

  • OC.net guru
  • *******
  • Posts: 1,271
Re: HH Pope Shenouda III has Reposed in The Lord
« Reply #35 on: March 18, 2012, 08:03:09 PM »
Lord, grant rest to his soul!

Offline minasoliman

  • Mr., Sir, Dude, Guy, Male, tr. Minas in Greek, Menes in white people Egyptologists :-P
  • Section Moderator
  • Toumarches
  • *****
  • Posts: 13,201
  • Strengthen O Lord the work of Your hands(Is 19:25)
Re: HH Pope Shenouda III has Reposed in The Lord
« Reply #36 on: March 18, 2012, 11:12:41 PM »
Interestingly, in Arabic, he is called "Baba", which means "Daddy".

Same thing in a Coptic Catholic liturgy, they'll pray for "Baba Benedict"...so yes, Baba means Daddy, and it's the Arabic choice for Pope as well.
Vain existence can never exist, for "unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain." (Psalm 127)

If the faith is unchanged and rock solid, then the gates of Hades never prevailed in the end.

Offline Salpy

  • Section Moderator
  • Toumarches
  • *****
  • Posts: 13,061
  • New Martyrs of Libya pray for us!
Re: HH Pope Shenouda III has Reposed in The Lord
« Reply #37 on: March 18, 2012, 11:15:21 PM »
Look at the thousands coming to pay their respects and mourn today:



http://www.france24.com/en/20120319-grieving-copts-bid-farewell-pope-shenuda

He is so beloved, and he prays for us now.

Offline recent convert

  • Orthodox Chrisitan
  • OC.net guru
  • *******
  • Posts: 1,962
  • St.David of Wales pray for us
  • Faith: Orthodox Christian
  • Jurisdiction: Patriarchate of Antioch
Re: HH Pope Shenouda III has Reposed in The Lord
« Reply #38 on: March 19, 2012, 07:28:25 AM »
Lord, have mercy. Memory eternal.
Antiochian OC N.A.

Offline elephant

  • High Elder
  • ******
  • Posts: 662
Re: HH Pope Shenouda III has Reposed in The Lord
« Reply #39 on: March 19, 2012, 09:10:27 AM »
May his memory be eternal.

Offline Balthasar

  • Elder
  • *****
  • Posts: 321
Re: HH Pope Shenouda III has Reposed in The Lord
« Reply #40 on: March 19, 2012, 10:39:57 AM »

Sorrounded by so many cold and unwelcoming faces, I feel like I am embraced by angelic warmth whenever I see the face of H.H Pope Shenouda. He will be missed greatly. A tough challenge for the one who replaces his chair. Who are the potential candidates?

Offline primuspilus

  • Taxiarches
  • **********
  • Posts: 6,750
  • Inserting personal quote here.
    • Holy Trinity Orthodox Church
Re: HH Pope Shenouda III has Reposed in The Lord
« Reply #41 on: March 19, 2012, 11:04:30 AM »
Lord have mercy on your servant.

PP
"I confidently affirm that whoever calls himself Universal Bishop is the precursor of Antichrist"
Gregory the Great

"Never, never, never let anyone tell you that, in order to be Orthodox, you must also be eastern." St. John Maximovitch, The Wonderworker

Offline CoptoGeek

  • of Alexandria, the Christ-loving City
  • OC.net guru
  • *******
  • Posts: 1,464
Re: HH Pope Shenouda III has Reposed in The Lord
« Reply #42 on: March 19, 2012, 12:12:10 PM »
CYC video of HH Pope Shenouda III

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fB2wXGaMAw
"Be oppressed, rather than the oppressor. Be gentle, rather than zealous. Lay hold of goodness, rather than justice." -St. Isaac of Nineveh

“I returned to the Coptic Orthodox Church with affection, finding in her our tormented and broken history“. -Salama Moussa

Offline CoptoGeek

  • of Alexandria, the Christ-loving City
  • OC.net guru
  • *******
  • Posts: 1,464
Re: HH Pope Shenouda III has Reposed in The Lord
« Reply #43 on: March 19, 2012, 12:36:51 PM »
The many people coming to pay their respects.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCUniLuwv4o

Tragically, three have died in the massive crowds outside the Cathedral. Lord have mercy.
"Be oppressed, rather than the oppressor. Be gentle, rather than zealous. Lay hold of goodness, rather than justice." -St. Isaac of Nineveh

“I returned to the Coptic Orthodox Church with affection, finding in her our tormented and broken history“. -Salama Moussa

Offline minasoliman

  • Mr., Sir, Dude, Guy, Male, tr. Minas in Greek, Menes in white people Egyptologists :-P
  • Section Moderator
  • Toumarches
  • *****
  • Posts: 13,201
  • Strengthen O Lord the work of Your hands(Is 19:25)
Re: HH Pope Shenouda III has Reposed in The Lord
« Reply #44 on: March 19, 2012, 12:52:22 PM »

Sorrounded by so many cold and unwelcoming faces, I feel like I am embraced by angelic warmth whenever I see the face of H.H Pope Shenouda. He will be missed greatly. A tough challenge for the one who replaces his chair. Who are the potential candidates?


Some of the candidates I've heard:

His Eminence Metropolitan Bishoy of Damietta:

He was also considered the right hand of the Pope, and by some people even as the Pope himself.  He has also been in the front lines of theological dialogues and an advocate to unity with the Eastern Orthodox.  Politically (or theologically) however he is controversial with Muslims and other Christians, Orthodox or non-Orthodx, and even within the Synod. He is also a diocesan Metropolitan, which is an uncomfortable notion in accordance with ancient church tradition, although it has one precedent before with Pope Yousab who was Metropolitan of Girga.

His Grace Bishop Youannis, General Bishop and Papal Secretary:

He is beloved by many, especially the youth, and is known for his love of Coptic hymns, particularly Midnight tasbeha.  He is however considered by some as too young, by others as unqualified due to his personality and lack of any real leadership,  and yet by others as borderline heretical due to his semi-charismatic (Protestant-like) character.  He received "street cred" when supporters of his spread a story around about a dream he had where the Theotokos implied he would be the next Pope.

His Grace Bishop Rafael, General Bishop:

He is quite low-key, but well respected and considered as a logical successor.  He seems to have an appeal to many as the "second Shenouda" for his frequent lectures and writings.  He is well educated in theology and he also is known not only for his knowledge of Coptic hymns, but the theological teaching of the hymns and rites.  I have not heard anything negative about him.  He also has "street cred" when a story about him spread around that the late His Holiness Pope Kyrillos did a "metanya" (prostration) to him when he was only a monk.  When the Pope was approached (he was known for his miracles and knowing the future) as to why he did this, he replied that he did a prostration to the Pope of Alexandria.

His Grace Bishop Moussa, General Bishop of Youth:

If His Eminence Metropolitan Bishoy is considered from a political standpoint illogical to be the next Pope, His Grace Bishop Moussa would be the logical choice.  He is very loveable and certainly very beloved by practically anyone.  He has never had any problems with anyone within the Synod, not even with His Eminence Metropolitan Bishoy or with those against him.  He is also loved by non-Orthodox and Muslims.  Whenever disasters occurred, he was the face of comfort and reassurance for both Copts and Muslims alike.  The only negative I've heard is age, but many argued that age shouldn't be an issue, since in these turbulent times, he would be the most logical choice.

Notice that the candidates are all bishops, and mostly general or non-diocesan bishops, which seems to be the expected trend as of now, considered that the last 3 out of 4 Popes were bishops (and the only ones in Coptic history), which leads to the endless debate of the validity of choices for Pope as well as the debate of the validity of non-diocesan bishops.  As of now I have not heard of any priests or deacons in consideration for the position.
Vain existence can never exist, for "unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain." (Psalm 127)

If the faith is unchanged and rock solid, then the gates of Hades never prevailed in the end.