Pope Shenouda receives Anglican primates in Alexandria
Posted On : February 1, 2009 12:20 PM | Posted By : Webmaster
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Following a private meeting with the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan
Williams, His Holiness Pope Shenouda III, the Coptic Pope, received the
Primates of the Anglican Communion at the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate in
Alexandria on Saturday evening, 31 January. The Primates are meeting in
Alexandria in the latest of their series of regular meetings.
In thanking Pope Shenouda for his warm welcome and hospitality the
Archbishop of Canterbury drew attention to the significance of meeting
together in the city where many of the universal doctrines of the Christian
faith were formed and where the seeds of the Christian monastic movement had
been sown in the third century.
Pope Shenouda welcomed the Primates. Bishops, he said, had a special
responsibility to guide their people in the path of holiness. Engaging with
the young was particularly important. The Coptic Church in Cairo alone was
providing Sunday school education to between 30 and 40,000 children. He also
gave an account of the resurgence of the Coptic monasteries in Egypt. There
were more than twenty communities with over 100 monks each.
Bishop Mouneer Anis, Anglican bishop in Egypt and Primate of the Province of
Jerusalem and the Middle East thanked Pope Shenouda for his generosity and
paid tribute to his extraordinary teaching ministry based at the Coptic
Cathedral in Cairo.
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