The Catholic Church in Egypt issued a statement yesterday 28 April to commemorate one year on Pope Francis’s visit to Egypt. “On behalf of the Council of Catholic patriarchs and bishops in Egypt,” the statement read, “we appreciation and thank all those who contributed to the success of the visit; topmost among them was Mr President Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi; also State, army and police officials, as well as the organising committee head Metropolitan Emmanuel.”
The Catholic Church recalled Pope Francis’s words which he posted on his account right before visiting Egypt on 28 and 29 April 2017: “I greet all of you warmly and I thank you for your invitation to visit Egypt, which you call ‘Umm al-Dunia – Mother of the universe!
“Dear Egyptian brothers and sisters, young and old, women and men, Muslims and Christians, rich and poor… I embrace you warmly and I ask Almighty God to bless you and protect your country from every evil.”
A documentary was also produced by the Catholic Church jointly with Sat 7 TV channel depicting the Pope’s visit, under the title “Pope of Peace in Land of Peace”.
Pope Francis has a reputation among Egyptians as a very loving, humble, tolerant man of God. As such, they were more than eager for him to visit their land. They came up with a slogan to his visit that overflowed with the sentiments of their innermost hearts: “Pope of peace in Egypt of peace”.
Details of Pope Francis’s visit:
29 April 2018