Egypt’s Coptic Pope Tawadros II leading Coptic Easter mass on Saturday evening (Photo: Coptic Orthodox Church)
Egypt’s Coptic Pope Tawadros II presided over the Coptic Easter mass on Saturday evening, where he prayed for Egypt’s stability and country’s martyrs.
Pope Tawadros II headed the Coptic Easter mass at Saint Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in the capital Cairo.
The cathedral was adorned with flowers, church scouts guiding prayers for hundreds of worshippers.
Easter, which was celebrated by churches in the west on 21 April, was celebrated by the Coptic Church today according to the Gregorian Calendar.
The occasion is a public holiday in Egypt where Christians make up 10-15 percent of the 100 million population.
The mass was attended by Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Omar Marawan, as a representative of President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, Minister of Public Enterprise Hisham Tawfik, as a representative of Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, and Minister of Immigration and Expatriate Affairs Nabila Makram, Minister of Health Hala Zayed, Minister of Youth and Sports Ashraf Sobhi, and Cairo Governor Khaled Abdel-Aal.
The event was also attended by a number of representatives from the interior and defence ministries, foreign ambassadors, and a number of Al-Azhar officials.
"The resurrection is the implanting of the life of love in the hearts of humans for the purpose of serving one another; serving every human, and this is the love that people need very much today. And if the world has sins and aggression and crime and terrorism, then the remedy can only come through the love that is able to satisfy the heart of a human," the Pope said.
Pope Tawadros II added: "We pray for our beloved country that she may always be growing and progressing."
"We pray for the martyrs everywhere, we pray for their families and for their spouses and for their nations, and we also pray for the wounded, that God would grant them healing and protect them, and may He keep us all in His love," he said.
The Coptic Orthodox Pope thanked the Egyptian president and officials for their felicitations on the Easter occasion.
“We pray for our country’s martyrs and our wounded to be blessed by God and for the whole world to enjoy safety and stability,” the Pope said during the mass.