- Jul 31, 2021
Pope Francis sent Christmas and New Year’s greetings to Coptic Christians and all Egyptians upon the inauguration of a major Coptic cathedral, jointly opened with a larger mosque at the same complex.
Prosecutors on Saturday ordered a recently defrocked monk to be detained for four days pending an investigation into his alleged involvement in the death of the abbot of a prominent monastery in the desert northwest of Cairo.
Pope Tawadros II of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Alexandria will be visiting Rome on Friday to foster ecumenism, dialogue with youth and also strengthen the Egyptian economy.
While it’s a foregone conclusion that President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt will be reelected this week, he faces a challenge from a cohort of idealistic youth, including Christians, who want greater democracy and pluralism.
Egyptian security officials say gunmen have shot dead a Christian man in the turbulent north of the Sinai Peninsula, the latest attack to target members of the country’s Christian minority.
In a meeting with Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II, Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin expressed his solidarity with the suffering of the Coptic community in reference to recent attacks by ISIS which have claimed more than 45 victims.
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.
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.”