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Egypt's Pope Tawadros II quits 'waste of time' Facebook

Pope Tawadros II quit social media after the church ordered monks off the sites [Getty]

Date of publication: 5 August, 2018

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In his last Facebook post Pope Tawadros II said social media was a 'waste of time, age and life'.
The head of Egypt's Coptic Church, Pope Tawadros II, has shut down his Facebook page, saying it was a "waste of time", after the church ordered monks off social media.

Tawadros's decision was in line with a dozen measures announced on Thursday by the church relating to the activities of monks, Egypt's state-run al-Ahram newspaper reported on Saturday.

One of the measures included allowing monks a month "to deactivate and close any social media pages or accounts and voluntarily renounce these behaviours that are not true to monastic life".

In his last posting on Facebook before shutting the page, Tawadros said that using social media is a "waste of time, age and life".

"That is why I am shutting down my personal Facebook page and I salute all my brothers and sons who have followed the instructions of my sacred church".

According to al-Ahram, several senior Coptic Church officials have followed Tawadros' example and shut down their Facebook pages.

Coptic Christians make up about 10 percent of Egypt's predominantly Sunni Muslim population of 100 million.

The church also said this week it will stop accepting any new monks for a year after the mysterious death of a bishop at a monastery northwest of Cairo.

Egyptian police continue their investigation into the death of Bishop Epiphanius, the 68-year-old abbot of Saint Macarius monastery in Wadi el-Natrun, who was found with head injuries on Sunday.

A security official has said his death was being investigated as a possible murder.

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