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Ethiomonarchist

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His Holiness Pope Tawadros II was enthroned as the 118th successor of St. Mark yesterday at the Cathedral of St. Mark in Cairo.  Dignitaries of other Christian denominations attended as well as members of the government and opposition of Egypt.  President Mursi of Egypt was conspicuous in his absence.

The Pope was crowned with an Orthodox style miter rather than the gold crown given to the Patriarchate by the then Crown Prince Tafari Makonnen of Ethiopia (later Emperor Haile Selassie) used by recent popes.

The last link shows pictures of the Papal enthronement ceremony and includes His Holiness receiving prelates from the Syriac, Armenian and Ethiopian Orthodox Churches.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/egypt/9686229/Coptic-Pope-Tawadros-II-enthroned.html

http://www.scotsman.com/news/international/coptic-church-crowns-new-pope-in-ceremony-of-age-old-ritual-1-2643942

http://news.yahoo.com/photos/pope-tawadros-ii-pope-coptic-orthodox-church-attends-photo-131313094.html

http://theorthodoxchurch.info/blog/news/2012/11/coptic-papal-consecration-snaps-report/

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Ethiopia stretches her hands unto God (Quote from Psalm 68 which served as the Imperial Motto of the Ethiopian Empire)

"God and history shall remember your judgment." (Quote from Emperor Haile Selassie I's speech to the League of Nations to plead for assistance against the Italian Invasion, 1936.)
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Given that Egypt has been leaned on heavily recently to try and broker some sort of ceasefire between Hamas and Israel, I think I know why he was absent. PM Hesham Qandil appears to have attended according to the newspaper in my hometown.
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KYM,

The President's absence has been noted rather negatively by most Coptic commentators and has caused deep offence.  Every leader of the opposition parties were present, as was the Prime Minister as you noted.  The unrest in Gaza is hardly an excuse to stay away from a major event in the largest minority in Egypt.  After trumpeting that he would come to the enthronement if he was invited, he decided to stay away.  The more likely explanation is that as an Islamist leader, Mursi is trying to play to the Salafists.


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Ethiopia stretches her hands unto God (Quote from Psalm 68 which served as the Imperial Motto of the Ethiopian Empire)

"God and history shall remember your judgment." (Quote from Emperor Haile Selassie I's speech to the League of Nations to plead for assistance against the Italian Invasion, 1936.)
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Wait a minute, if every leader of the opposition parties was there, did the Salafists attend? Also, Morsi is apparently going after the Salafists, who are his main political rivals on the Islamist wing of Egypt's political spectrum. What an idiot, did zombies eat his brains or something? Maybe invisible Bourbons did it....
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I cannot see a happy ending for Egypt. Such a divided society, not only between secular and Islamist but even among Islamists, is a tinderbox. Doesn't that show the need for a King to keep it together?
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