AFRICA/EGYPT - President al Sisi: I will build the largest church in the nation

Monday, 9 January 2017 oriental churches   international politics

Cairo (Agenzia Fides) - It will be the largest Coptic Church of Egypt, it will be inaugurated by 2018 in the new capital which is being built on the margin of Cairo's metropolis, and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al Sisi will be among its direct sponsors. The announcement of the project was given by the same al Sisi on the occasion of his participation in the Christmas liturgy in the Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo, celebrated by Patriarch Tawadros II.
Egyptian President said he had destined 100 thousand Egyptian pounds in the first funding initiative, which involves the construction at the same time of the largest mosque and the largest Egyptian Church in the ambitious urban project designed to create from nothing a new city where government and political institution offices will also be concentrated. During his speech - report the Egyptian media - the Head of State also confirmed the commitment to rebuild the churches damaged or destroyed in the summer of 2013, during the riots that followed the deposition of former Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.
This year was the third participation of President al Sisi at the Christmas Mass in the Coptic Orthodox Cathedral. Before him, no Head of the Egyptian state had intervened in person in the celebration of Christian solemnity. (GV) (Agenzia Fides 09/01/2017)