Egyptian Coptic pope to visit Ethiopia next week for Meskel

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Head of the Coptic Orthodox Church, Pope Tawadros II, will visit Ethiopia for a Christian festival

Ahram Online , Monday 21 Sep 2015

Tawadros and Mathias

Egypt’s Coptic Pope Tawadros II (L) with the Ethiopian Patriarch Mathias I during a press conference in Cairo, Wednesday 14 January, 2015 (courtesy of Coptic Orthodox Church Spokesperson Facebook page)
The head of the Coptic Orthodox Church, Pope Tawadros II, will visit Ethiopia on 27 September on the occasion of the Feast of the Holy Cross, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported on Monday. The pope will meet with Patriarch Mathias I of the Ethiopian Tewahedo Church there, and will visit the most important cathedrals and monasteries in Ethiopia, including the Holy Trinity Cathedral and Sebeta Getesemani Nunnery. He will also inaugurate the Coptic Canadian Hospital.

The cleric is currently visiting Denmark and Sweden.

The two churches, which are in full communion with each other, have played a role in negotiations between Ethiopia and Egypt regarding the former’s Grand Renaissance Dam, which is currently under construction.

Patriarch Mathais I visited Egypt earlier this year.

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