Photos from Abbasiya cathedral

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A very nice Flickr set from Mossaberising — this one of Pope Shenouda III's body, which has been on display on the throne of St. Mark at the Cathedral for the last two days. Three people have died and dozens were injured in a stampede as huge numbers of faithful came to pay their respects.

Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region, www.arabist.net.