Tagged with Pope Tawadros

Happy Orthodox Easter, from the Egyptian President

Happy Orthodox Easter, from the Egyptian President

Happy belated Easter, to Protestant and Catholic Christians who celebrated last week. But having enjoyed either “Pascha” or “Paas” (or both), please do not be remiss in remembering your Orthodox brothers and sisters today. After all, even the president of Egypt extends his greetings — and more. “I call on all of us to remember … Continue reading

Pope Tawadros’ Weekly Sermon, in English

Pope Tawadros’ Weekly Sermon, in English

Pope Shenouda III of the Coptic Orthodox Church was known as the ‘teacher of generations.’ I had the privilege of attending the beloved 87-year-old deliver one of his Wednesday weekly sermons back in 2010. Five years later, in post-revolutionary Egypt, I watched his successor Pope Tawadros continue the tradition. He preached on Esther, and for … Continue reading

The Coptic Church in Japan

The Coptic Church in Japan

There may be three million Christians in Japan, one percent of the population. They now have a Coptic Orthodox Church among their options. Egypt’s Pope Tawadros arrived on August 26 to consecrate Japan’s first Coptic Orthodox congregation, the Church of St. Mary and St. Mark. Tawadros hailed the cooperation between Japan and Egypt, especially the … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Pope

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Pope

God, The pope is here. Of course, Egypt already has a pope. But this one is different. To most Egyptian Christians he is not. In the ancient world Rome and Alexandria were equals. But since then the Tiber has far eclipsed the Nile. God, to you your church is one. Give humility to one and … Continue reading

The Pope, in Maadi

The Pope, in Maadi

Friends in Philadelphia will soon have the privilege of a papal visit. But will Pope Francis preach in your particular church? His equal in the faith visited us in Maadi. A Catholic might not consider it so. A Protestant might insist we are all equal. But for Orthodox Christians, Pope Tawadros is patriarch of one … Continue reading

Where the Church Ends and the Citizen Begins

Where the Church Ends and the Citizen Begins

This article was first published at Egypt Source. Accusations against the Coptic Orthodox Church are many. It is in bed with the regime. It desires a political role. It monopolizes the Coptic voice, keeping the faithful within its walls. It is not difficult to find evidence that can fit the accusations. But as the church … Continue reading

The Family House at the Ministry of Youth

The Family House at the Ministry of Youth

In a sign of cooperation between the government and Egypt’s religious institutions, the Ministry of Youth and Sports hosted Pope Tawadros of the Coptic Orthodox Church, representing the Egyptian Family House. The Family House is a partnership institution between the Azhar and Egypt’s Christian denominations. It is tasked to promote and preserve national unity, at … Continue reading

The Pope, Preaching Esther

The Pope, Preaching Esther

Five-and-a-half years ago, I had the opportunity to hear Pope Shenouda preach. The now-deceased 87-year-old had presided over the Coptic Orthodox Church for 39 years, along the way establishing a new tradition of holding a weekly meeting with the people every Wednesday. Last week in my first visit since, I witnessed his successor Pope Tawadros … Continue reading

Photos: Easter Greetings at the Coptic Cathedral

Photos: Easter Greetings at the Coptic Cathedral

The following pictures show a lot of handshakes, but the message should not be lost in the repetition. Government officials, most of them Muslim, congratulate Copts for their holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus. Similar pictures could be seen on Christmas, but Easter is a far bigger deal. In Egypt, Christmas is an official holiday, … Continue reading

Translation: President Sisi at Christmas Eve Mass

Translation: President Sisi at Christmas Eve Mass

Last night on Christmas Eve according to the Coptic Orthodox calendar, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi became the first ever Egyptian head-of-state to attend the holiday mass. His appearance lasted for about ten minutes, during which he gave a short speech. The video selection and translation is provided kindly by Paul Attallah. It was necessary to … Continue reading

Misrepresenting the Coptic Church and Politics

Misrepresenting the Coptic Church and Politics

The debate is valid: What is the proper role of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the nation’s politics? It is also an unavoidable debate. Once Pope Tawadros appeared with the Grand Sheikh of al-Azhar to back the popularly-backed military overthrow of President Morsi, he reasserted the church into the political scene. The decision of the … Continue reading