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Pope offers prayers, best wishes for new Coptic patriarch

November 19, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI has sent his congratulations and best wishes to the new leader of Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church, who was formally installed in Cairo on November 18.

Cardinal Kurt Koch, the president of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity, represented the Pontiff at the enthronement of Pope Tawadros II, the 118th Coptic patriarch. The cardinal carried a letter from the Pope promising his prayers for the Egyptian prelate “so that the flock entrusted to your care may experience the teaching of the Good Shepherd.”

In his message Pope Benedict mentioned that the previous Coptic leader, Pope Shenouda III, had taken a keen interest in ecumenical affairs, and voiced the hope that this trend would continue. The Roman Pontiff called for “a deepening of the theological dialogue that will enable us to grow in communion and to bear witness before the world to the saving truth of the Gospel.”


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