The Coptic Orthodox Church has highlighted an event that took place for the first time in history of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: that of celebrating Coptic Christmas Mass in the Kingdom. Copts celebrate Christmas on 7 January.
The topic was reported in the most recent issue of al-Kiraza bi-weekly magazine, the mouthpiece of the Coptic Orthodox Church.
In its 27 January 2023 issue, al-Kiraza informed that Anba Marcos, Bishop of Shubral-Kheima had been assigned by Pope Tawadros to pay a month-long pastoral visit to Saudi Arabia. The visit was Uber the patronage of Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Anba Marcos visited the cities of Riyadh, Jedda, and parts of the Kingdom’s Eastern Region, where he held prayers, spiritual meetings, and Masses, under full sponsorship by Saudi authorities. A large congregation of Copts and Eritreans attended. Anba Marcos’s visit concluded with Christmas Eve Midnight Mass in Riyadh for the first time in the history of KSA.
Throughout Anba Marcos’s visit, the Egyptian embassy was in full attendance and cooperation, facilitating all required procedures.
5 February 2023
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