The leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church, Pope Shenouda III has died from cancer. He was 88 years of age.
An aide to the Egyptian Christian leader, Hany Aziz told the Reuters news agency the pope had "died from complications in health and from old age".
Born Nazeer Gayed on 3 August 1923 in Egypt, the future pope was educated at Cairo University and Coptic Orthodox Theological Seminary. On 18 July 1954 he was tonsured and become a monk, known as Fr. Antonious El-Syriani.