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Egypt's Mansour pays long-awaited visit to Cathedral on Coptic Christmas

Interim President Adly Mansour visits Pope Tawadros II at Abbasiya's Coptic Cathedral following a tough year for Egypt's Christian minority

Ahram Online, Sunday 5 Jan 2014
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Interim President Adly Mansour visited Pope Tawadros II at Abbasiya's Coptic Cathedral (Photo: Al-Ahram)
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Mansour has become Egypt's second president to visit the Coptic Cathedral after the late Gamal Abdel-Nasser. Egyptian Presidents usually extend their Christmas greetings by phone or through presidential envoys.
 
Pope Tawadros welcomed Mansour on behalf of Fathers of the Church, the General Congregation Council and the Ministry of Endowments.
 
According to Tawadros, Mansour's good sentiments and affection portray a "beautiful message" to Egyptians.
 
Mansour was eager to send greetings to the Pope to show the country`s appreciation to the role of the Church in the face of any conflicts that might threaten national harmony.
 
He also stressed that the unity between Muslims and Copts should last to show the strong bond between the two religions.
 
The spokesperson of the presidency, Ambassador Ihab Badawi, expressed that Mansour "was keen to show Pope Twadros II the appreciation of Egypt to all the efforts of the Coptic citizens who have been working for the welfare and interest of the country."
 
The majority of Egyptian Christians are Orthodox who start the Christmas celebrations on 7 January.
 
Egyptian Christians have faced tough times since the ouster of Islamist former president Mohamed Morsi in July. After a bloody police crackdown on two pro-Morsi sit-ins in August, churches were attacked, ransacked and torched across Egypt.
 
Some Morsi supporters accuse the Christian minority of being behind the ouster of Morsi.
 
Amnesty International described Christians as being "scapegoated" after the crackdown on Islamists. The London-based rights group said security forces failed to protect the Christian minority from a nationwide wave of attacks.
 
Amnesty's report, issued in October, stated that upwards of 200 Christian owned properties were attacked and 43 churches seriously damaged in the wake of events in August. At least four people were killed, it added.
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A.Sabat
23-01-2014 09:24am
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Mansour' visit to the Coptic Orthodox Cathedral
This visit should be welcomed by all peace loving Egyptians, we should not forget that during the long reign of Mubarak there was not one single occasion when he visited a church, any church, He only visited the cathedral to console the family of Makhram Obeid after the death of a member in their family whose name I can not remember now, He didn't enter the church , just the outside hall used for such occasions. Thank you very much president Mansour. You have done the right thing for your people and correced the wrongs of your predecessors.
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Ahmed M Ibrahim
06-01-2014 10:52am
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Happy Christmas
President Adly Mansour should be congratulated for the steps he has taken to consolidate the Egyptian society in particular and Moslem Christian friendship in general. The Christians are an important element of the Egyptian fabric who should not be ignored at any cost. In the meanwhile congratulation to Pope Tawadross and the entire Christian community on the occasion of Milad al Maseeh.
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Ali
06-01-2014 09:56am
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Merry Christmas
Wishing a peaceful and hopeful and very Merry Christmas to all of Egypt's Christians sent with love and best wishes from your Muslim brother
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mmm
05-01-2014 11:15pm
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The Honer of the interim president visit to the Egyptian Pope
The Lord Jesus Christ blessed all of Egyptians; the interim president visit to the Egyptian Pope assured the Egyptians are truly blessed forever. I am honored and grateful to be present to observe a great action from the interim president toward the Coptic in everywhere in the earth.
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Tarik Toulan
05-01-2014 02:47pm
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Merry Christmas
Wishing our Christian compatriots a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
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