Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Congratulations on New Head of Coptic Orthodox Church

The visit of the future pope Tawadros II of Alexandria to St Ann's Melkite Catholic Church
Waterford Connectict USA on Sept 22, 2010
Vatican Radio reports: "Pope Benedict XVI has sent a message to His Holiness Abna Tawadros, the new head of the Coptic Orthodox Church, expressing his joy at hearing the news of his election. Tawadros was chosen in a solemn ceremony in the Coptic Cathedral in Cairo, Egypt Sunday as the new Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of Mark, replacing His Holiness Shenouda III, who died in March.

In his English-language message Benedict XVI writes, "I am confident that, like your renowned predecessor Pope Shenouda III, you will be a genuine spiritual father for your people and an effective partner with all your fellow-citizens in building the new Egypt in peace and harmony, serving the common good and the good of the entire Middle East. In these challenging times it is important for all Christians to bear witness to the love and fellowship that binds them together, mindful of the prayer offered by our Lord at the Last Supper: that all may be one, so that the world may believe".

Tawadros II will be installed on November 18th as the 118th pope of the ancient Coptic Orthodox Church."

Picture also shows parishioners and Fr Edward their parish priest with the future Coptic Pope.

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