Head of Coptic Orthodox Church to visit Pope Francis
CWN - April 04, 2013
Pope Tawadros (Theodoros) II of Alexandria, who was elected head of the
Coptic Orthodox Church in November, has announced that he will soon
visit Pope Francis in Rome. The announcement followed an April 3 meeting
with Archbishop Jean-Paul Gobel, who was appointed apostolic nuncio to
Egypt in January.
The Coptic Orthodox Church is not one of the Eastern Orthodox churches;
rather, it is an Oriental Orthodox church that ceased to be in full
communion with the Holy See following the Ecumenical Council of
Chalcedon in 451. Pope Tawadros’s visit to Rome will be the first by a
Coptic Orthodox pope since May 1973, when Pope Paul VI and Coptic Pope
Shenouda III signed a common Christological declaration.
The Coptic Orthodox Church has nine million members, most of them in Egypt