According to Church sources, Pope Tawadros has checked into hospital upon doctors’ advice, in order to conduct medical investigations following his marked exhaustion last night during Christmas Eve Midnight Mass. Copts celebrate Christmas on 7 January.
The Pope had asked for a chair to sit down as he said his sermon, since he was visibly too tired to he remain standing. He looked weak, and he later let Anba Danial, Metropolitans of Maadi and Secretary-General of the Holy Synod, to preside over Mass in his stead. He was handed a glass of water with sugar to pep him up.
President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi called the Pope this morning to ask about his health; Pope Tawadros replied by reassuring him and thanking him for his concern.
7 January 2023