Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II declared on Saturday Virgin Mary Church in East Cairo's Zeiton district a new papal headquarters, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported.
This is the third location that has been named as a papal headquarters. The two other headquarters are the Abbasiya Cathedral, also in Cairo, and the Saint Bishoy Monastery in Alexandria’s Wadi El-Natroun.
Claps and cheers from the congregation met the pope’s announcement, Al-Ahram reported.
The Virgin Mary Church, built in 1925, has reportedly been a site where visions of Mary have occurred throughout the years, with one famous sighting reported in 1968.
According to the Coptic Orthodox Church, the holy family visited the site where the church is located during their stay in Egypt.