Egypt: Muslim leader visits Coptic cathedral

Natalya Mihailova | 11 January 2017
Ahmed el-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, extended Christmas greetings to the head of the Coptic Orthodox Church during a recent visit to his cathedral.
Egypt: Muslim leader visits Coptic cathedral
Ahmed el-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar and Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria

Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria “said that the relationship between Muslims and Christians in Egypt, which dates back thousands of years, serves as a role model of coexistence,” according to a paraphrase of his remarks in Egypt’s leading newspaper.

The Sunni leader, who has the reputation of being a leading moderate voice in the Muslim world, emphasized the “enduring reality” of tolerance despite a recent terrorist attack on a Cairo church.

The nation of 94.7 million is nearly 90% Sunni Muslim and 10% Coptic Christian.

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