Egypt received on Friday a delegation of French tourists visiting the country to embark on a tour of the path the Holy Family of Jesus Christ are said to have taken, as the country continues to promote the path as an international Christian pilgrimage destination.
In an official statement, Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church spokesman said the delegation was received by Pope Tawadros II at the Coptic Cathedral in Abbasiya on Friday.
This is the first French delegation visiting the country for the Holy Family tour.
In June 2017, an Italian delegation arrived Egypt for the same tour, which comes as part of the Egyptian efforts to incorporate the trip to Egypt by the Holy Family into the global religious tourism map.
The tour takes in numerous Coptic sites throughout the country, including several in Upper Egypt.