Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II travelled to Italy on Friday to take part in an ecumenical day of prayer for the Middle East organised by Pope Francis, Al-Ahram reported.
Church leaders from all over the Middle East will join the Catholic pontiff in praying for peace in the region on Saturday, in the Italian town of Bari.
The Coptic pope and the accompanying Coptic Orthodox Church delegation will then attend a meeting with the heads of the churches.
The pope will then visit Coptic churches in Frascati, Rome and Milan.
On Sunday he will lead a Coptic Orthodox mass at the Basilica of Saint Paul in Rome.