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Egyptian Christians and the future Tawadros II, head of the Coptic Orthodox Church, welcomes increased numbers, moves toward unity

822643p13569EDNMain2678320181001T1440 0160 CNS RUSSIA CATHOLIC ORTHODOX CNS photo Paul HaringWhen he traveled to the southern Italian city of Bari in Puglia on July 7, to attend the unprecedented ecumenical meeting summoned by Pope Francis, his holiness Pope Tawadros II represented the largest Christian Church for the entire Middle East. Yet, the number of Christians in

the Middle East has plummeted.

It was “a very successful meeting,” said the highest-ranking leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt, “a great opportunity for Church leaders to meet and to pray together, asking the King of peace to grant us His peace.”
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