by Michael Daoud
APRIL 1: H.H. the Pope Meets with H.G. Bishop Daniel St. Paul
H.H. Pope Tawadros II meets with H.G. Bishop Daniel, Bishop and Abbot of the Monastery of St. Paul near the Red Sea, at the Papal Residence in Cairo.
APRIL 1: H.H. the Pope Meets with H.G. Bishop Seraphim
H.H. Pope Tawadros II meets with H.G. Bishop Seraphim, Bishop of Ismailia, at the Papal Residence in Cairo.
APRIL1: H.H. the Pope Meets with Delegates of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church
This morning at the Papal Residence in Cairo, H.H. Pope Tawadros II met with delegates of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, led by Metropolitan Arseny. H.H. the Pope expressed his joy at the delegation’s visits to our monasteries and Coptic Churches, and the ancient and tourist sites like the Great Pyramids.
H.H. the Pope delivered a brief history of our Coptic Orthodox Church, indicating her pride of the formation of monasticism through its first Egyptian monk, St. Antony the Great, and the first monastery built in Egypt. Also, H.H. pointed out the positive relationship we share with the Russian Orthodox Church, mentioning his two visits to Patriarch Kirill, his visit to Metropolitan Onuphrius, primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, as well as the latter’s visit to Egypt.
‘In our relationships we offer love to all, our motto being: “love never fails”. We live in a time of national unity in the land of Egypt. Egypt has a population of 100 million people, 15 million of which are Copts – living a true brotherhood with an intertwined history.
Before the birth of Christ, the Pharaonic era preceded Christianity with the latter continuing up until the 7th century with the entrance of Islam into Egypt. From that time onwards and we all live together under a spirit of love and true brotherhood.
Through these loving relationships, our education of one and another, theological dialogue and prayer for the sake of unity; we fulfill the will of Christ our Master for us to become one.’
Metropolitan Arseny expressed his happiness in visiting our monasteries and churches, ‘for we are united by the same spirit of monasticism and one Christ.
‘Throughout our visit we felt at home and among family, and we are joyful in being able to visit the cathedral of the Nativity of Christ, which symbolizes the love and endurance of Christianity.’
‘We felt through our visits to the Coptic monasteries that we have gained a spiritual charge, and we hope to welcome you soon in Ukraine.’
Reported by Michael Daoud. Delivered to you by COPTICNN™ | Coptic News Network on 2021-04-01 from Toronto. Canada
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