Minister of Tourism Yehia Rashed - File photo
CAIRO- 18 October 2017: Tourism Minister Yehia Rashed visited the Hanging Church and the Cave of Abu Serga in Old Cairo and the Virgin Mary Church in Maadi district to stand on the readiness of these places that will be among the first five places that will be prepared to receive pilgrims visiting Egypt within the course of the Holy Family Route.
During his visit on Wednesday, the minister asserted his ministry's keenness on finalizing all arrangements for the first phase of the Holy Family Route.
He also had talks with the church's leaders to prepare a daily program for visiting pilgrims.
A delegation of the Vatican-related pilgrim agency (Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi) is scheduled to visit Egypt in early December to get acquainted with the ancient Egyptian sites and places related to the journey of the Holy Family that will be included in the itineraries, the minister stressed.
Earlier this month, Rashid paid a three-day visit to the Vatican city, in which he met with Vatican Pope Francis who blessed the Holy Family journey in Egypt as an official Christian pilgrimage.
After Vatican Pope Francis’ move to bless the Holy Family journey in Egypt, they agreed to organize the first ever trip that will be included within the journey's path of the official Christian pilgrimage in May 2018.
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