18 March 2012
Last updated at 15:12
Tens of thousands of people have gathered in and around Cairo's main cathedral to mourn the passing of Pope Shenouda III, head of the Coptic Church, at the age of 88.
Mourners, many of them in tears, have been arriving at the cathedral since Saturday, when Pope Shenouda's death was announced.
The cathedral celebrated Mass on Sunday morning, with Pope Shenouda's body seated in the papal chair dressed in ceremonial robes.
Members of the Church joined long queues to pay respects to their spiritual leader.
Pope Shenouda was also popular among non-Orthodox Christians and many Muslims for his calls for religious tolerance. Here a man holds a vigil with a makeshift cross outside the cathedral.
The occasion was too much for some. This woman fainted and had to be carried away.
Riot police stood nearby, as a reminder that the eight-million strong community faces tensions with majority Muslims which have risen since President Hosni Mubarak was ousted last year.
Copts have been paying their respects elsewhere in the world, including these priests in Jerusalem. Shenouda, who led the Church for four decades, banned pilgrims to the holy city in protest as Israel's occupation of East Jerusalem.
Another beleaguered Christian minority, in Pakistan, also joined the Egyptians in their sorrow.