In Egypt, the new Coptic pope urged Coptic Christians to become more active in public and political life. Pope Tawadros II also voiced his opposition to calls from some Islamist leaders for a constitution heavily based on sharia law. The new pope was chosen last Sunday (November 3). According to tradition, his name along with those of two others, were written on pieces of paper and put into a jar. A blindfolded child then randomly selected the name of the man who would lead the Coptic Church.