Pope Francis’ two day visit to Egypt on 28th and 29th of April comes just weeks after the deadly attacks against the country’s Coptic Christian minority during the Palm Sunday Services. But despite threats to his life, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church has decided to go ahead with his visit that will include meetings with senior political and religious leaders as well as a Mass on Saturday.

During his two day visit, the Pope plans to meet with President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, attend a peace conference with Muslim and Orthodox Christian leaders, meet with the head of the Coptic Orthodox Church, celebrate Mass in Cairo and visit Egypt’s small Catholic community.

Pope Francis, famous for wanting to engage with ordinary people, has refused to ride in an armoured vehicle, exposing him to greater risk. In a video message posted online, the Pope has said expressed that he wishes to travel with a message of friendship and respect for people belonging to all religions in the Middle East.

“Our world is torn by blind violence, a violence that has also struck the heart of your beloved land,” Pope Francis said. “Our world needs peace, love and mercy.”

Source: Washington Post


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