17811Coptic Orthodox leader to meet Pope Francis in May
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Coptic Orthodox leader to meet Pope Francis in May
April 24, 2013
VATICAN CITY: The Coptic Patriarch of Alexandria Tawadros II will meet
Pope Francis next month in the Vatican -- the first visit by a Coptic
Orthodox leader in 40 years and the latest signs of growing ties between
the new pope and the Orthodox world.
Tawadros will visit various Vatican departments and is set to stay in
Rome for several days. His arrival is expected for May 10 or 11, Vatican
spokesman Federico Lombardi told AFP.
Tawadros' predecessor Shenouda III met with pope Paul VI in 1973 and the
two launched a process of dialogue between their two Christian churches.
"The idea is to celebrate the 40th anniversary of that historic
meeting," Lombardi said.
The visit will be part of a European tour during which Tawadros will
visit different Coptic parishes -- his first foreign trip since his
election in November at a time in which the Coptic minority is faced
with rising Islamism in Egypt.
The meeting between Tawadros and Francis will be a further step in
greater dialogue between Catholics and Orthodox, after the patriarch of
Constantinople, Bartholomew, became the first spiritual leader of the
world's Orthodox to attend a papal inauguration of Francis in March.
Another sign of rapprochement is the fact that Tawadros last month
attended the inauguration of the new Coptic Catholic patriarch, Ibrahim
Sidrak, an unprecedented gesture.
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