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President Sisi handed a new Coptic church building to the Pope
On May 21st, Pope Tawadros II, accompanied by several bishops and priests, were on hand to receive the President who handed the church building to the Pope. The new church has been named the Cathedral of the Holy Virgin, Abu-Seifein (St Mercurius), and Anba Karass.
President Sisi And Pope Tawadros: The Two Wings That Keep Egypt Flying High
President Sisi stressed the necessity for a new urban district to include a church and a mosque next to a school. “This should attend to root in children’s minds that churches and mosques are the two wings that keep Egypt flying high, that we are all [Muslims and Christians] Egyptians and can never do without one another,” Sisi emphasized.
Pope Tawadros praised the President, thanked the Construction Department of Egypt’s Armed Forces which constructed the church, and all businessmen who financed the project.
Did President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi and Pope Tawadros II Broke Coronavirus Social Distancing Rules While Opening A New Church?
There continue reporting from across the country of Egyptians from all walks of life, even those not in official quarantine, who feel the orders from public health officials to shelter in place and avoid social gatherings do not apply to them.
Coptic Church: Orthodox Traditionalists Stand Behind The Holy Spoon
Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church has rebuffed calls to stop using the common holy spoon for communion.
Coptic church officials say — much like Ilarion does — that it’s not likely to become infected with the coronavirus because the spoon is dipped in holy wine.
The Eucharist is a core ritual of Coptic, Eastern Orthodox, and Roman Catholic religious services.
Believers consume the bread and wine as Jesus Christ did at the Last Supper — the biblical account of the final meal Christ shared with his 12 disciples before his arrest and eventual crucifixion.
Eastern Orthodox priests from Russia, Greece, and Georgia also have established that sacramental wine comprises active alcohol in which diseases perish.
The debate has resurfaced amid unprecedented coronavirus propositions that are compelling religious conventions around the world to briefly alter some traditional disciplines.
The Coptic Church leaders have granted measures aimed at protecting the faithful from catching or spreading the coronavirus.
Since March 21st, the Coptic Church in Egypt closed all churches and stopped all ritual services, masses and gatherings as part of precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark emanated a committee statement “given that gatherings signify the most prominent danger driving the rapid spread of the virus, out of the national and ecclesiastical responsibility of the Coptic Orthodox Church, and to preserve all the people of Egypt.”
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared that COVID-19 was officially a pandemic on March 11.
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