Last Update 22:7
Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Here We Pray Together: St Catherine Forum for Tolerance of Religions

A message of peace from Egypt to the world brought seven ministers and 32 ambassadors to the St Catherine Forum for Tolerance of Religions, reports Reham El-Adawi

Reham El-Adawi , Reham El-Adawi , Tuesday 15 Oct 2019
Egyptian officials in attendance
Views: 252
Views: 252

Present at a celebration of the St Catherine Forum for Tolerance of Religions – held last Friday in St Catherine, and organised by the Culture Ministry affiliate the General Organisation of Culture Palaces – was South Sinai Governor Khaled Fouda and Culture Minister Ines Abdel-Dayem as well as the ministers of Awqaf, Tourism, Antiquities, Immigration, Supply, Internal Trade, Local Development and Youth and Sports, together with a number of the MPs and executive officials. Present also were the ambassadors of Denmark, Ireland, Greece, Finland, Switzerland, the European Union, Georgia, Colombia, Japan, Poland, Austria, Serbia, France, Belgium, Armenia, Malta, Morocco, Kazakhstan, Cameroon, Oman, the Czech Republic and Tajikistan.

Entitled “Here We Pray Together”, the celebration was directed by artist Hisham Atwa, and featured a concert in which Sufi Muslim chanting was seamlessly fused with Coptic hymns as well as performances by ensembles from Croatia, Romania, Greece and Morocco. The Egyptian contribution also featured an ensemble from Aswan, the Al-Tanoura Whirling dervishes, singer Maher Mahmoud and the Evangelical Ensemble. Opening with a recitation of the Quran, the event closed with all participating ministers and ambassadors going on stage to join in songs in praise of Egypt.

According to Abdel-Dayem, “The St Catherine Forum delivers a message of love and tolerance to humanity and human civilisation from Egypt, a country that has maintained its unique identity through the ages, presenting a model of coexistence.” She added that the St Catherine Forum aims to promote the values ​​of brotherhood among peoples and sends a message of love and tolerance to human civilisation, pointing out that this celebration emphasises the ability of arts and creativity to extend bridges of communication.


 *A version of this article appears in print in the 17 October, 2019 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly.

Search Keywords:
Short link:


Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.

© 2010 Ahram Online.