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The Emergence of the Modern Coptic PapacyThe Popes of Egypt: A History of the Coptic Church and Its Patriarchs, Volume 3$
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Magdi Guirguis and Nelly van Doorn-Harder

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9789774161032

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774161032.001.0001

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Reforming the Church for the Twenty-first Century

Reforming the Church for the Twenty-first Century

(Pope Shenouda III, 1971–)

(p.173) 9 Reforming the Church for the Twenty-first Century
The Emergence of the Modern Coptic Papacy

Nelly van Doorn-Harder

American University in Cairo Press

Pope Shenouda III's most profound changes have come through his efforts to improve the quality of monastic life, to redraw diocesan boundaries and ordain new bishops, to incorporate laypeople into various levels of the clerical hierarchy, to invite youth and women into the official structure of lay service, and to raise the educational and professional levels of all involved.

Keywords:   Pope Shenouda III, monastic life, ministries, Coptic papacy

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