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Pope Tawadros receives condolences for the death of seven Copts

Nader Shukry

21 Apr 2013 9:42 pm

Pope Tawadros II has yesterday and today received a number of public figures, politicians, and officials at the papal headquarters in St Mark’s Cathedral in Abassiya, Cairo, who came to offer their condolences for the death of the seven Copts who recently lost their lives during the attacks against the Copts in the northeast Cairo district of Khusous and at St Mark’s

Pope Tawadros II has yesterday and today received a number of public figures, politicians, and officials at the papal headquarters in St Mark’s Cathedral in Abassiya, Cairo, who came to offer their condolences for the death of the seven Copts who recently lost their lives during the attacks against the Copts in the northeast Cairo district of Khusous and at St Mark’s. 
The Secretary-General of the world Council of Churches the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit visited St Mark’s yesterday for an hour during which they discussed the situation of the Copts inside and outside Egypt. As he left, he said he was pained at the plight of the Copts, and asked everyone to praying for peace in the whole world.
Field Marshal Samy Anan, the former military chief, was among the first to offer their condolences.  
Several Cabinet ministers also headed to St Mark’s for condolences. Among them was Nadia Zakhary, Minister of Scientific research; and Usama Yassin, Minister of Youth who said that national unity was the first line of defence to protect Egypt. Al-Amri Farouq, Minister of Sports said: “We came today as representatives of the Egyptian government, to offer our condolences and to relay the message that we stand together as one man to confront hatred and division.” 
Minister of the Environment Khaled Fahmy talked of the 15-year-old problem of the desert monastery of St Macarius in Wadi Rayan Fayoum, whose vicinity to the national park of Wadi Rayan gives rise to specific problems. Dr Fahmy said talks had been ongoing with the monastery and the locals, and promised that a resolution of the problems is in sight and will shortly see light. 
Watani International
21 April 2013


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