CAIRO (AP) – Pope Francis landed in Egypt’s capital on Friday for a historic two-day go to aimed toward presenting a united Christian-Muslim entrance to repudiate violence dedicated in God’s identify.
Three weeks after Islamic militants staged lethal twin Palm Sunday church assaults in Egypt, Francis arrived in Cairo for a collection of deeply symbolic encounters with prime spiritual and political leaders and to take part in a world peace convention.
He’ll meet first with Egypt’s president and the Christian patriarch – the “different” pope, Tawadros II of the Coptic Orthodox Church – and pray for victims of the assaults.
Most significantly, he will even go to Al-Azhar, the revered 1,000-yr-previous seat of studying in Sunni Islam. There, he’ll meet privately with grand imam Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, and take part in a world peace convention on Friday afternoon.
After taking off from Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci airport about eleven a.m, Francis stepped out of the Alitalia jet shortly after landing to a pink carpet welcome within the early afternoon hours in Cairo.
The aim of the journey is to deliver a message of peace to a rustic that has been ravaged by Islamic extremist assaults, and encourage a tradition of respect and tolerance for spiritual minorities, stated Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican secretary of state.
“The elemental situation is schooling, and educating these of various spiritual beliefs and particularly the younger, to have nice respect for these of different faiths,” Parolin informed the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano. “The query of language is prime: if you use a violent language, there’s the hazard that it may end up in violent acts.”
After conferences with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and the Mufti, Francis will head to the seat of the Coptic Orthodox Church, which accounts for about 10 % of Egypt’s ninety two million individuals.
Francis and Tawadros will preside over an ecumenical prayer service in St. Peter’s church, the Coptic cathedral that was the location of a December suicide bombing claimed by Islamic State militants that killed 30 individuals.
Francis has often spoken out about at this time’s Christian martyrs and the “ecumenism of blood” that has united Catholic, Orthodox and different Christians focused for his or her religion by Islamic militants.