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An Arab pope?

By George Richards The surprising resignation by Pope Benedict XVI triggered feverish speculation among bookmakers and Vatican-watchers as to who will succeed to the Papacy. As with the death of Pope John Paul II in 2005, Pope Benedict’s resignation could, in theory, allow for the election of a pope from the developing world. Catholic congregations in …

Daily News Egypt

Benedict XVI steps down as pope

The former pope Benedict will now be known as ‘Roman pontiff emeritus’, a completely new title created especially for this unprecedented situation in the Church’s history since the Middle Ages

Daily News Egypt

Azhar top cleric accuses Pope Benedict XVI of meddling

By AFP CAIRO: Egypt’s top Muslim cleric on Sunday criticized Pope Benedict XVI’s call for world leaders to defend Christians as interference in his country’s affairs, the official MENA news agency reported. The call, following a deadly car-bombing targeting a Coptic church in Alexandria northern Egypt, was “unacceptable interference in Egypt’s affairs,” Ahmed Al-Tayeb, the …


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