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Al-Azhar's Grand Imam visits Coptic Cathedral with tidings for Christmas

The Coptic Church celebrates this year's Christmas in the aftermath of December's suicide bombing at St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church

Ahram Online , Wednesday 4 Jan 2017
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Pope Tawadros II shaking hands with Azhar's Grand Imam Ahmed El-Tayeb in Cairo's Orthodox Cathedral on Wednesday, 4 January 2017 (Photo:Ahram)
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Al-Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed El-Tayeb paid a visit on Wednesday to the Coptic Cathedral in Cairo to offer tidings to Pope Tawadros II on the occasion of the Coptic Orthodox Christmas on 7 January.

El-Tayeb was accompanied by high clergymen and youth from Al-Azhar institution.

The Grand Imam told Pope Tawadros that the enduring reality of tolerance among Egyptians is far too strong to be spoiled by any criminal act, highlighting the long history of brotherly relations that bind Egypt's Al-Azhar and the Coptic Church. 

Pope Tawadros II said that the relationship between Muslims and Christians in Egypt, which dates back thousands of years, serves as a role model of coexistence.

On Tuesday, Egypt's Minister of Religious Endowments Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa visited the Coptic Cathedral to extend his good wishes prior to the holiday.

On Monday, Pope Tawadros II received a number of leading army officials including Minister of Defence Sedky Sobhi. 

The Coptic Church celebrates this year's Christmas in the aftermath of a deadly suicide bombing on 11 December on St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church — which is adjacent to the main Coptic Cathedral complex in central Cairo.

Twenty-seven people, mainly women and children, died in the attack, which was later claimed by the Islamic State militant group.

The Egyptian army has completed the renovation of the bombed church on 31 December.

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi had ordered that St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church be renovated in time for the holiday on 7 January.

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