Pope Tawadros II and Patriarchs before meeting Pope Francis
CAIRO - 9 July 2018: As part of his visit to Italy and Vatican, Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria is set to meet on Monday President of Italy Sergio Martella at his palace in Rome.
Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria headed to Italy on Friday, where he joined Pope Francis in Bari and prayed for peace in the Middle East.
During the Prayer meeting on Saturday, Pope Tawadros II held a prayer in Arabic in the name of the victims who lost their lives during the recent conflicts and wars in the region.
“Lord, we pray to you, that your peace comes to our hearts. Remember, Lord, all the martyrs who died for your holy name. We ask you to give peace and tranquility to all areas of conflict in the Middle East.”
“We believe and confide that prayer possesses the greatest power to take us out of any problem, resolve conflicts and illuminate our future with peace and reconciliation,” Tawadros told the Italian news agency Sir on July 4.
“Presenting ourselves together as heads of churches to pray with one voice for all those who are fighting is a great encouragement to those who have lost hope, and it also fills our hearts with love and compassion for others as we intercede for them,” he added.
During his stay in Italy, the pontiff is scheduled to visit Saint Paul Apostle in Rome as well as several Egyptian churches in Rome and Milan.
In this regard, Italian Foreign Minister Moavero Milanesi expressed on Sunday his pleasure with Pope Tawadros’ visit to Italy during a welcoming party held in the Egyptian Embassy in Rome, Italy.
“Following up the conflicts in the Middle East increases our support and strong relations with Egypt economically and politically,” Milanesi remarked.