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Pope to visit Egypt

Pope Francis welcomes Pope Tawadros to Rome in 2013

Pope Francis welcomes Pope Tawadros to Rome in 2013

Source: Vatican Radio/ICN

Pope Francis will travel to Egypt at the end of next month. Greg Burke, Director of the Holy See Press Office, said in a statement today (Saturday 18 March);

"In response to the invitation from the President of the Republic, the Bishops of the Catholic Church, His Holiness Pope Tawadros II and the Grand Imam of the Mosque of Al Azhar, Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed el-Tayyib, His Holiness Pope Francis will make an Apostolic trip to the Arab Republic of Egypt from 28 to 29 April 2017, visiting the city of Cairo. The programme of the trip will be published shortly."

The Apostolic Voyage to Egypt will be Pope Francis' eighteenth pastoral visit outside of Italy. In May 2013, Pope Tawadros made his historic visit to Rome.

See also: ICN 10 May 2013 Pope Francis meets leader of Coptic Orthodox Church, Pope Tawadros II www.indcatholicnews.com/news.php?viewStory=22512