Archbishop of Cyprus Historical Visit to Egypt
- His Beatitude Archbishop Chrysostomos II, the Archbishop of Cyprus visited
Egypt for the first time after his consecration on 12 November 2006. The
historical visit of the Archbishop of Cyprus to Egypt (22 27 July 2007)
aimed at strengthening the relationships between the Church of Cyprus and
the Churches in Egypt. The visit came after 41 years of THE LATE Archbishop
Makarios¹ last visit to Egypt. Hosted by His Holiness Pope Shenouda III,
Pope of Alexandria & Patriarch of the See of St. Mark, he welcomed the
Archbishop on the 23rd of July very warmly and stressed on the ³unique
relations between the two churches² and called for ³further strengthening
this relation². H.B Archbishop of Cyprus attended the weekly lecture of His
Holiness Pope Shenouda at St Mark¹s Cathedral, and expressed in his speech
his gratitude for this warm reception. During his stay in Egypt, H.B
Archbishop of Cyprus met with His Beatitude Patriarch Theodoros of the Greek
Orthodox Church of Alexandria and All Africa, and with the Great Imam of
Azhar¹s Mosque, Sheikh Dr. Muhammad Said Tantawi who exchanged concerns of
developing the Muslim-Christian dialogue.
The visit was marked with the special meeting of His Beatitude with His
Excellency Mr. Muhamad Hosni Mubarak President of Egypt, which enforces the
ongoing relations between Egypt and Cyprus.
The visit of the Archbishop was organized and coordinated by both the Middle
East Council of Churches and the Ambassador of Egypt in Cyprus Mr. Muhamad
Abdel-Hakam. MECC General Secretary Mr. Guirgis Saleh accompanied the
Archbishop and his delegation in this visit.
For further information contact: guirgissaleh@...
Middle East Council of Churches
Office of International Ecumenical Relations P.O. Box 5376, Beirut, Lebanon
Guirgis Ibrahim Saleh, General Secretary mecc@... or