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Coptic pope meets Dublin archbishop during Ireland visit

Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II met the Archbishop of Dublin during a five-day visit to Ireland.

“Christians in Egypt are now struggling for their existence,” he told Archbishop Diarmuid Martin on 18th May.

Archbishop Martin told Pope Tawadros that Irish Catholics were “very aware of the suffering that your Coptic community has endured even in recent weeks,” a reference to a pair of terrorist attacks on 9th April at two Egyptian churches. Daesh claimed credit for the attacks, which killed at least 45 people, injured more than 100 others and shook the Middle East’s largest Christian community to the core.

Assuring the Coptic leader of his “prayerful solidarity,” Archbishop Martin expressed the hope that Egypt could “become a beacon in the region for freedom of religion and for dialogue among all believers, especially with our Muslim sisters and brothers.”

Pope Tawadros also met Irish President Michael Higgins, other foreign officials and members of the Coptic Orthodox communities. He also consecrated two Coptic Orthodox churches in Dublin and Waterford.

Picture: Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin greets Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II, second from left, and his delegation, on 18th May at the archbishop’s residence. The Coptic leader and his delegation were on a five-day visit to Ireland. (CNS photo/John Mc Elroy).