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    http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/role-church-spiritual-pope-says The role of the church is spiritual, pope says Wed, 12/06/2013 Al-Masry Al-Youm Coptic
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      The role of the church is spiritual, pope says
      Wed, 12/06/2013


      Al-Masry Al-Youm

      Coptic Pope Tawadros II has stressed the spiritual role of Egypt’s
      Christian church, as the debate surrounding Copts joining 30 June
      protests grows.

      “God is the Lord of history, the adjudicator of history and the leader
      of the movement of history,” the pope said during a Council of Churches
      meeting on Tuesday.

      “And the role of the church is spiritual. Taking part in social
      demonstrations is a personal matter.”

      Reverend Safwat al-Baiady, head of the Anglican Communion, said the
      meeting was agreed upon more than a month ago, amid speculation church
      officials were meeting in response to the protest debate.

      “It was not an emergency meeting as such,” he said. “It was a regular
      meeting to which public figures were invited,” adding that talks were
      attended by Mounir Fakhri Abdel Nour, Emad Gad, Sameh Fawzy, Samir
      Morcos and Suzy Nashed.

      Baiady admitted the meeting had dealt with media speculation that the
      church was mobilizing its congregation ahead of 30 June demonstrations,
      led by the opposition Tamarod campaign.

      “We neither call for nor against Coptic Christians participating in
      demonstrations,” he said. “It is a free choice.”

      “We hope the protests are peaceful,” the Anglican official added. “For
      every drop of Egyptian blood is precious.”

      On the Grand Renaissance Dam controversy, Baiady said the church does
      not have the political clout to dissuade the Ethiopian government from
      building the dam on the Blue Nile.

      Baiady also revealed Ethiopia’s pope would visit Egypt shortly. “But the
      dam is not on the agenda.”

      Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm
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