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Pope leaves Egypt with words of encouragement for clergy and religious

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Pope Francis left Egypt at 5pm local time on Saturday, escorted to the airport by President El-Sisi. “As I leave Egypt, I wish to express my deep gratitude to your excellency and to all the beloved Egyptian people for your warm welcome and hospitality,” said the Pope. “With the assurance of my prayers, I invoke upon the nation the divine blessings of peace and joy.”

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Egypt: Pope Francis celebrates Mass in Cairo stadium

Pope Francis was the chief celebrant at Mass for Egyptian Catholics in the 'Air Defense Stadium' in Cairo today (Saturday). In his homily, focused on the Gospel reading for the 3rd Sunday of Easter, which tells of Our Lord’s going to meet the two disciples on the road to Emmaus, the Holy Father said, “The encounter with the Risen Jesus transformed the lives of those two disciples because me...

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Pope in Egypt - Unplanned meeting with young people

Young Coptic Catholic group - image ACN

There was an unscripted moment last night in Cairo when a group of young people gathered outsid the Apostolic Nunciature in Cairo, where Pope Francis was statying the night. After supper, the Holy Father went out on to a balcony to greet the young peoplle, saying: “Good evening to you all, I'm glad to find you!” “I know you have come on pilgrimage,is it true? If it is true, it...

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Egypt: Catholics and Copts recognise shared baptism

In a common declaration, signed by Pope Francis and Coptic Pope Tawadros II, Catholics and Copts declared for the first time that they will recognise each other’s sacrament of baptism.

The joint statement was made public following a meeting of the Catholic and Coptic leaders in Cairo on Friday. It comes 44 years after Pope Paul VI first met with the previous Coptic Pope Shenouda III in ...

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Egypt: Pope addresses civil authorities

Pope is welcomed by President El-Sisi

On Friday evening, Pope Francis addressed leaders of government and civil institutions in Egypt, focussing on the country’s role in seeking solutions to the complex issues that face the Middle East.

He said Egypt “has a unique role to play in the Middle East and among those countries seeking solutions to pressing and complex problems that need to be faced now in order to avoid the spr...

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Egypt: Pope meets Coptic Orthodox leader

Pope Francis welcomes Pope Tawadros to Rome in 2013

Pope Francis met Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox leader Pope Tawadros II on Friday, and called for the two communities to oppose violence and work more closely together to witness to Christ in the world. Recalling the first encounter of a Catholic and a Coptic pope, Paul VI and Shenouda III in May 1973, following centuries of separation, Pope Francis spoke of the theological progress, bu...

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Pope in Egypt: Religious leaders must denounce violence and hatred

Pope Francis arrived in Egypt this afternoon (Friday) to begin an Apostolic Journey to the country.

After landing at Cairo International Airport the Holy Father was met by the Apostolic Nuncio to Cairo, Bruno Musaro and a representative of the President of Egypt, Abdel-Fattah Al Sisi.

He travelled by car to the Presidential Palace to pay a courtesy visit on the Head of State which ...

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Pope’s Egypt visit set to “reknit” ties with Islam

Father Samir

Pope Francis has high hopes his visit to Egypt will help heal interfaith relations between Christians and Muslims after a series of violent attacks on churches by extremists – according to a priest who met him. Jesuit priest Father Samir Khalil Samir told Aid to the Church in Need that the Pope’s two-day visit which started today (28th April) is aimed at rekindling interfaith dialogue in Eg...

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Nigeria: Bishop accuses authorities of supplying arms to terrorists

Bishop Joseph Bagobiri

A Bishop has accused the authorities in Nigeria of suspected supply of arms to an Islamist terrorist network who he claims have infiltrated federal and state governments. Bishop Joseph Bagobiri of Kafanchan, Kaduna state, northern Nigeria, said he believed that the government has done little or nothing to stem “a wave of terror” by Islamist Fulani herdsmen against Christians and ...

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Pope sends video message to people of Egypt

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Pope Francis has sent a video message to the people of Egypt ahead of his Apostolic Journey to the country, saying the “world needs peace, love and mercy.”

Pope Francis began his video message to the people of Egypt with the traditional greeting in Arabic: “As-salamu alaykum! (Peace be with you!)” He said he is “coming as a friend, as a messenger of peace, and a pilgr...

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Eyewitness blogs from Ecumenical Accompaniers in the Holy Land

Read eyewitness stories written by British and Irish Ecumenical Accompaniers (EAs) volunteering as human rights monitors in East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Israel, and find out what you can do to help bring about a just peace for all those living in Israel and Palestine.

EAPPI has more international human rights monitors working on the ground in occupied Palestine than any other organis...

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Syrian Churches marks fourth anniversary of abducted bishops with appeal for peace

Still missing: Bishop Boulos Yazigi and Mar Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim

Easter this fell this year close to the fourth anniversary of the abduction of the two bishops of Aleppo.

In a joint statement the two Patriarchs of Antioch, Greek Orthodox Yohanna X and Siro Orthodox Mar Ignatios Aphrem II, lamented the absence of the two Metropolitans of Aleppo - Syriac Orthodox Mar Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim and Greek Orthodox Boulos Yazigi - abducted on April 22, 2013....

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HCPT pilgrims celebrate ‘Come to the Water’

2017 HCPT Procession

“I was set on a path to discover Jesus more deeply”, said Bishop Mark O’Toole of Plymouth. “It was very profound to be with special needs children who have so much to teach us about love, suffering and joy”. Bishop Mark was speaking to around 4,000 pilgrims of HCPT-The Pilgrimage Trust in the Lourdes underground basilica about the impact of his first visit to Lourdes with the Trust at...

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Vatican sends Message to Buddhists for Feast of Vesakh

Great Buddha, Kamakura, Japan

The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue on Saturday, issued a message on the occasion of the Buddhist feast of Vesakh on the theme ‘Christians and Buddhists: Walking Together on the Path of Nonviolence’. The Message signed by Council President, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran and Council Secretary, Fr Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, MCCJ emphasizes the urgent need to promote a ...

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