Pope arrives in Egypt
April 28, 2017
Pope Francis has arrived in Egypt for a two-day visit, which will be highlighted by a Friday address to an inter-religious conference hosted by Al Azhar University.
The Pope’s flight from Rome arrived at the airport in Cairo in the early afternoon. He was greeted there by Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattat al Sisi, and by a delegation of the nation’s religious leaders. From the airport, he traveled to the presidential palace for a courtesy visit. Then he traveled to Al Azhar, where he met with the institution’s leader, Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, in advance of the afternoon conference.
During the flight from Rome to Cairo, the Pope followed a custom of papal trips, sending telegrams of greetings to the heads of state of the countries over which he flew: Italy and Greece.
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- Apostolic Trip of the Holy Father Francis to Egypt (28-29 April 2017) – Welcome ceremony (Vatican press office)
- Apostolic Trip of the Holy Father Francis to Egypt (28-29 April 2017) – departure (Vatican press office)
- The Latest: Pope Francis arrives at Al-Azhar (AP)
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