Egypt Pope Tawadros returns to papal seat in Cairo after recovery from Bell’s palsy

Ahram Online , Monday 3 Jul 2023

Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria, head of the Coptic Orthodox Church, arrived at the papal headquarters at the Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo's Abbasiya on Sunday evening after recovering from Bell’s palsy.

Pope Tawadros II
Pope Tawadros meets with a number of bishops upon his arrival at the papal seat in Cairo after recovery from Bell s palsy. Coptic Orthodox Church


At the cathedral, 78 bishops and metropolitans received the pope who was arriving from the papal seat of Alexandria's King Mariout, a statement by the Coptic Orthodox Church read.

Pope Tawadros, 70, developed Bell’s (7th cranial nerve) palsy, a neurological disorder that causes temporary weakness or paralysis on one side of the face, around a month ago.

The pope said he was keen to strictly adhere to the treatment programme, which contributed to his speedy recovery.

Pope Tawadros had earlier attributed his illness to a busy and eventful schedule in May, “which included numerous meetings and visits to various locations, exposure to heat and air conditioning during meetings, and high levels of stress.”

The pope stated that his condition necessitated medical evaluation, medication, daily physical therapy sessions, and complete rest.

Pope Tawadros is the 118th pope of Alexandria and patriarch of the See of St Mark. He took office in 2012.

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