Catholic Pope Francis to visit Egypt later this month

Head of Roman Catholic Church is slated to meet Egypt’s president, Al-Azhar grand imam and Coptic Orthodox pope

Catholic Pope Francis to visit Egypt later this month

World Bulletin / News Desk

Catholic Pope Francis will visit Egypt on April 28 and 29, the Egyptian presidency announced Monday. 

In a statement, the presidency said Francis would meet President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi during his two-day visit. 

The Catholic pope is also slated to meet with Ahmed al-Tayyib, the grand imam of Egypt’s Al-Azhar (the highest seat of learning in the Sunni-Muslim world), and will also address a “world peace congress” that is being organized by Al-Azhar, according to the statement. 

Francis is also set to meet Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II and attend a mass held for the victims of a December church attack in Cairo that left more than 27 people dead. 

In 2011, Egypt’s Al-Azhar severed relations with the Vatican over what it described as repeated “insults” leveled against Islam by Francis’s predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI. 

Last year, the Vatican hosted Al-Azhar’s grand imam in the first ever meeting between the two religious leaders.

 
Last Mod: 03 Nisan 2017, 17:29
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