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Coptic Pope Awards Syriac Orthodox Chorepiscopos.
Vienna (AINA) — In his second overseas trip since his enthronement in
November 2012, Egypt’s Coptic Patriarch Pope Tawadros II visited Vienna
on May 23 until early June 2013. Earlier in May, the Pope made a
historic visit to the Vatican and met with Pope Francis — the first
such visit of a Coptic Orthodox Church leader in 40 years.
Pope Tawadros met with Austrian President Heinz Fischer, State
Secretary Sebastian Kurz and Cardinal Christoph Schönborn. On June 3,
2013 at the Palace of the Cardinal, Pope Tawadros II was awarded with
the title “Protector of the Foundation Pro Oriente.” The pope ordained
several Coptic priests, as well as met with Coptic youth and gave a
lecture at the Pope Shenouda College.
In a formal act on June 3rd, at the Coptic cathedral Virgin of
Zeitoun, Pope Tawadros awarded the St. Mark Medal to the distinguished
Syriac Orthodox Chorepiscopos Emanuel Aydin. The Chorepiskopos is
being honored for his work as Vice-Rector of the Pope Shenouda
College. The laudation was presented by the Syriac Orthodox Archbishop
Dionyisos Isa Gürbüz, who is in charge of Austria and Switzerland.
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