Pope Tawadros II
The Coptic Orthodox leader recalled his last visit to St Peter’s Square, ten years ago.
“We are in Egypt approximately 105 million Egyptians, of whom 15 million are Copts, and [there is] about 2 million Copts live abroad in about 100 countries,” he said in a meeting with reporters at the new administrative headquarters of the Saint Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Abbassyia.
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi sent a greeting cable to Pope Tawadros II on the occasion of Easter, Extra News reported.
The pontiff had been admitted to hospital after suffering severe stress during Christmas Mass at the Cathedral of the Nativity of Christ on Friday.
Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria and Patriarch of St. Mark Diocese led on Friday the Christmas mass at the Cathedral of the Nativity of Christ in the New Administrative Capital with the participation of a number of bishops, priests and monks.
Spokesman for the Coptic Orthodox Church Moussa Ibrahim announced Tuesday the procedures and preparations for holding the Christmas mass at the New Administrative Capital (NAC)'s Cathedral of the Birth of the Christ.
Also follow-up mechanisms to check on all churches' abidance by safety measures have been set into motion, the spokesman added.
Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria and Patriarch of St. Mark Diocese met on Friday with the families of the victims of the fire that broke out in Abu Sefein Church in Giza early this week, killing and injuring dozens.
The pope delivered a sermon about the importance of good-doing for the afterlife in lockstep with saints.
Pope Tawadros was welcomed by Egyptian Ambassador in Vienna Mohamed Mulla,
Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church signed a cooperation protocol with the Ministry of Environment, and released a document expressing its stance towards environmental protection.
He also called the Polish President and the First Lay for having a tour of Coptic monasteries.
President of the Evangelical Community in Egypt Andrea Zaki hailed President Abdel Fattah El Sisi's meeting with heads and leaders of Arab churches participating in the General Assembly of the Middle East Council of Churches in its 12th session, held for the first time in Egypt.
Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark, greeted on Monday President Abdel Fattah El Sisi and Egyptians on the occasion of the Sinai Liberation Day.
The Pope’s appreciation was given during the East Mass on Saturday evening in St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo’s Abbasiya amid the high presence of priests and Coptic citizens.
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi dispatched Chief of Presidential staff Ahmed Ali to the Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo's Abbassiya district to send his greetings to Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark on the Easter Celebrations.
Hundreds of Christians participated, Friday at the Holy Friday prayers in all governorates around the country.
Palm Sunday, celebrated by all churches inside and outside Egypt, commemorates Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem.
The newly-constructed Cathedral, for the first time, opens its gates for Coptic prayers, starting from 5:00 pm on Thursday and the mass would begin at 7:00 pm until 12:00 midnight.
The Pope would also lead the Christmas Mass for the Coptic Christians on January 7, 2022, the statement said.