Monday, October 20, 2008

Coptic pope back in Egypt after treatment

CAIRO - Pope Shenuda III, the elderly head of the Coptic church, returned to Egypt today following four months of medical treatment in the United States, according to the official MENA news agency.

"His Holiness Shenuda III returned to the country early on Monday morning from the United States after having overcome the longest and most difficult crisis he has had to face," it said.

Pope Shenuda, 85, broke a thigh bone in early June and was taken to the United States where he was treated in a hospital in Cleveland, Ohio.

He can now "walk...without difficulty" fter four months of treatment at a hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, Mena said.

The Coptic leader, who suffers from back pain and kidney problems, has previously sought treatment in Germany and the United States.

Egypt's Copts - the largest Christian community in the Middle East - account for an estimated six to 10 percent of the country's 76-million inhabitants.


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