On 13 February, Pope Tawadros II presided over an event at St Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Abassiya, Cairo, to celebrate ten years on the establishment of the Papal Office for Projects.
Attending the event was Egypt’s Minister of Social Solidarity, Nevine al-Kabbag; Egypt’s Minister of Migration and Egyptian Foreign Affairs, Soha Guindy; and Nabila Makram, former minister of migration; as well as a number of ambassadors and public figures.
Present were also a number of metropolitans, bishops, and priests.
The Minister of Social Solidarity congratulated Pope Tawadros on the event, stressing that the Coptic Church is one of the oldest churches in the world and has a long history of working to achieve social justice. In modern times, Ms Kabbag said, the Church plays a remarkable social and developmental role while aiming at rooting the spirit of compassion and cooperation among all Egyptians.
The Papal Office of Projects is major social work institution in the Coptic Orthodox Church, and was established with the explicit purpose of working in tandem with the Coptic Bishopric for Ecumenical and Social Service ?BLESS). During the celebration, many of the projects accomplished by the Papal Office since 2013 were reviewed.
In cooperation with bishops in various dioceses, the Papal Office has offered public services through four main programmes: Oyoun Misr++ (Egypt’s Eyes) for and schools; Kimi Health Services; Rhakoti programme for institutional development and capacity building; and St Marc for Humanitarian Aid.
Since its establishment, the office has achieved 64 mega-projects; 210 small (individual) projects; and it’s services has reached some 28,000 beneficiaries.
14 February 2023