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WCC GENERAL SECRETARY VISITS EGYPT

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  • Rev Fr John Brian
    Sent: Friday, July 04, 2008 WCC GENERAL SECRETARY VISITS EGYPT At the invitation of MECC General Secretary, the WCC General Secretary Rev Dr Samuel Kobia and
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 4, 2008
      Sent: Friday, July 04, 2008

      WCC GENERAL SECRETARY VISITS EGYPT

      At the invitation of MECC General Secretary, the WCC General Secretary Rev
      Dr Samuel Kobia and six members of a delegation visited Egypt (16-21 June)
      to express solidarity with WCC member churches and promote relations with
      Muslim leaders.

      http://www.oikoumene.org/en/news/news-management/eng/a/article/1722/church-u
      nity-and-interrel.html>

      During the successful encounters with Heads and Leaders of WCC member
      churches as well as other religious and secular figures in Cairo and
      Alexandria, Dr. Kobia and the delegation learned about the situation of the
      churches in Egypt and discuss WCC activities in the Middle East. Dr Kobia
      and his delegation met with Church leaders of the Coptic Orthodox Church,
      the Evangelical Synod of Nile (Rev. Dr. Safwat Al-Bayyadi), the Greek
      Orthodox Church (His Beatitude patriarch Theodoros II), and the Anglican
      Church (Bishop Mounir Hanna). The WCC delegation was welcomed by H.E Anba
      Bishoy of Domiate from the Coptic Orthodox Church on behalf of His Holiness
      Pope Shenouda III who for reasons of travelling outside Egypt was not able
      to receive the delegation. Dr Kobia met with WCC members of the Central
      Committee in Egypt and exchanged with them the activities of the Council.
      The delegation visited old churches and monasteries in the desert of Egypt.
      The necessity of peace in the Middle East was highlighted during the visits
      and meetings with church and Muslim leaders, as well as politicians. Impetus
      for the talks comes from the Amman Call: a document about how churches must
      commit to working for peace in the Middle East was signed by over 130
      representatives of churches and Christian organizations from six continents
      in June 2007. A meeting with General Secretary of the League of Arab Nations
      Dr. Amro Mousa was an opportunity to exchange with him perspectives on
      justice and peace in the Middle East.

      The visit also promoted interreligious dialogue through the meetings with
      high rank Muslim leaders: the Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar Mosque, the Grand
      Imam of Azhar, and the Minister of Awqaf (Religious Affairs). The delegation
      visited Al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo.

      During the visit, Dr. Kobia did some interviews on Al-Jazeera TV channel and
      the Coptic TV (CTV), and Aghabi satellite channel in which he expressed the
      stands of the WCC regarding peace in the Middle East and the role of WCC in
      advocating for justice and peace.

      For more information contact: guirgissaleh@... And website:
      www.wcc-coe.org <http://www.wcc-coe.org>


      Middle East Council of Churches
      Office of International Ecumenical Relations P.O. Box 5376, Beirut, Lebanon

      Guirgis Ibrahim Saleh, General Secretary mecc@... or
      guirgissaleh@...

      +961-1-353-938
      http://www.mec-churches.org/
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