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  • Catholics, Coptic Orthodox must work toward unity, pope says

    Catholics, Coptic Orthodox must work toward unity, pope says

    • May 11, 2017

    Pope Francis has sent Pope Tawadros II a letter commemorating the “Day of friendship between the Coptic Orthodox Church and the Catholic Church,” which marks the 44th anniversary of the first meeting between Blessed Paul VI and Pope Shenouda III.

  • Christians in Middle East call Pope Francis’s visit to Egypt a blessing

    Christians in Middle East call Pope Francis’s visit to Egypt a blessing

    • May 2, 2017

    Christian leaders in the region say Pope Francis’s April 28-29 trip to Egypt was a great success. The pope has backed Egypt’s efforts to tackle Islamic militancy, saying the country has a special role to play in forging regional peace as well as in “vanquishing all violence and terrorism.”

  • Pope Francis hopes to strengthen ties with Oriental Orthodox Churches

    Pope Francis hopes to strengthen ties with Oriental Orthodox Churches

    • Apr 28, 2017

    One major aspect of Pope Francis’s trip to Egypt is the ecumenical encounter with the Coptic Orthodox Church, a member of the Oriental Orthodox communion, which broke with what are now the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches as early as the fifth century, when they rejected the definitions of the Council of Chalcedon in 451. Together, the six Churches in the communion represent some 84 million faithful and are among the oldest Christian bodies in the world.

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