Egypt's New Leader: Dutiful, Pragmatic Islamist

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Coptic Christians leader reacts to new president in Egypt

Angry Egyptian Christians protest outside St. Mark's Cathedral against the military ruling council in Cairo Egypt, Monday, Oct. 10, 2011 a day after at least 24 people were killed when Christians, angered by a recent church attack, clashed Sunday night with Muslims and security forces outside the state television building in central Cairo.

CEDAR GROVE, N.J. (AP) -- A spiritual leader of Coptic Christians in the U.S. says his flock is praying for fellow believers in Egypt now that the Muslim Brotherhood's candidate has won that country's presidential election.

Bishop David of the Coptic Orthodox Archdiocese of North America says he hopes that Mohammed Morsi will treat the 10 percent of Egyptians who are Christians the same as the Muslim majority.

Most of Egypt's Coptic Christians are believed to have supported Morsi's rival out of fear that the Muslim Brotherhood would move to impose strict Islamic law. But Morsi has sought to reassure Christians that he'll be the president of all Egyptians.

Bishop David says Coptic Christians have a strong faith that all rulers are appointed by God for the good of the people.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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