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President-elect Morsi receives acting pope of Egypt's Coptic Church
New Islamist president-elect receives acting head of Coptic Church, says he will not countenance 'condescension' to Egypt's Coptic-Christian community
Ahram Online, Tuesday 26 Jun 2012
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Morsi and pope
President-elect Mohammed Morsi, shakes hands with a representative of the Coptic church,with Egypt's acting Pope Bishop Bakhomious standing in the background, during a visit on Tuesday(Photo: AP)

Mohamed Morsi, Egypt's new Islamist president-elect, received a delegation on Tuesday from Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church, including acting pope Anba Bakhomious.

During the meeting, held to congratulate Morsi on his recent electoral victory, Bakhomious told the president-elect that his assumption of the country's highest office was "a comfort to all Egyptians."

Morsi, for his part, stressed to Bakhomious that he would not allow anyone to "condescend" to Egypt's Coptic-Christians in the latter's own country. Morsi also told Bakhomious that he would maintain close contacts with the Coptic Church and community.

Observers have waited with bated breath to see how Egypt's new Islamist head of state would deal with the sensitive issue of Coptic rights. Earlier on Tuesday, Morsi campaign spokesman Yasser Ali announced that the president-elect would be appointing two vice presidents, one a Coptic-Christian and the other a woman.

Bakhomious assumed the position of acting pope of Egypt's Coptic Church following the death in March of his long-serving predecessor, Pope Shenouda III. He is expected to remain in the post until a new pope is chosen.  

Morsi narrowly won Egypt's 16/17 June presidential runoff against Ahmed Shafiq, ousted president Hosni Mubarak's last prime minister.





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John Xanthopoulos
29-07-2012 01:17am
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Great beginning!
As a Greek Orthodox Christian I want to congratulate the Egyptian President as well as the Coptic Hierarch for this first step towards permanent reconciliation! May God bless them both!
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Naguib Bishara
15-07-2012 11:05pm
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Great Expectations
A sigh of releif, finaly the time has come for those who doubt the future of Egypt, the mother land, to relax and calm down the rehteric. Many of my best friends are good Muslims, I love my country and wish that one day we will see the true freedom and happiness come to all Egyptians. My best wishes to our new president, God bless Egypt and keep all of us safe from any foreign interventions. My greetings to all Muslims & Copts, together we shall overcome....................
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Mark
27-06-2012 03:41pm
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Prepare
Prepare your wives, daughters, mothers and female friends for Mursi and his Mutaween, there freedom is over
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ehab
27-06-2012 12:11pm
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Smile for the Camera
Another shameless empty gesture by Egypt's political/religious leaders, giving the impression that "everything's ok between copt and muslim". As i was walking in the street with my friend, a copt, a mursi supporter saw that she was wearing a cross and yelled "tomorrow, we finish with your kind you kafara". This is the kind of Egypt that our leaders want to maintain, an Egypt of division based on nothing but medieval superstitious beliefs. The truth is, there is no such thing as copts and muslims, there are only Egyptians who are brainwashed into thinking that they are either this religion or that...
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