The Peacemakers Committee of the Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Church organised on Tuesday a symposium on citizenship at Cairo s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral
The event was attended by representatives of Al-Azhar, the Sunni Muslim world’s top religious institution, the Coordination Committee of Party’s Youth Leaders and Politicians, the National Council for Women (NCW), and a host of young and priests and Islamic preachers.
Archpriest Raphael Tharwat, a member of the Peacemakers Committee, said such an event aims to consolidate the bonds of love, peace and coexistence among people of the same nation.
The Peacemakers Committee was formed under the patronage of Pope Tawadros II – head of the Coptic Orthodox Church – under the supervision of Secretary of the Holy Synod and Bishop of Maadi and Dar El-Salaam Anba Daniel, he noted.
The formation of the committee is meant to help the church support the state's efforts to foster coexistence between Egyptians, he added.
During the meeting, Daniel conveyed the pope’s greetings and his appreciation for the committee, adding that today's gathering is the first in a series of meetings that aims to deepen ties between the Egyptian people.
Secretary-General of the Islamic Research Complex Nazir Ayyad pointed out that the meeting came at the right time, coinciding with the state’s efforts in this respect.
He stressed the importance of raising societal awareness of the correct concept of citizenship, which is based on cooperation, participation, integration and human fraternity.
The event also witnessed discussions on the pivotal role of the Egyptian state in combating terrorism and spreading a culture of equality and justice, as well as the presidential initiatives which include the latest call for the national dialogue.
The attendees also touched upon a number of issues that play a pivotal role in instilling the values of citizenship, including education and culture.