“Martyrdom Is A Common Witness Between Our Churches” – Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II to Pope Tawadros II
OCP News Service – 6/1/2022
Cairo-Egypt: “Martyrdom is a common witness between the two churches (Coptic and Syriac Orthodox)” commented Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II during his visit to Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria on the 1st of January 2022. Pope Tawadros II in return emphasized the role of the two sister churches in preserving the orthodox faith and the apostolic tradition as transmitted by the Holy Fathers of the Church. Special prayers were observed at the tomb of St. Mark and the late Coptic Popes of Alexandria.
The Syriac Orthodox delegation comprised Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury (Archbishop of Homs, Hama, Tartous and Environs and Interim Patriarchal Vicar in Egypt), Mor Joseph Bali (Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director), Very Rev. Raban Philipos Issa, (Parish Priest in Cairo), Mr. Elias Shahrestan (President of Parish Council), Dr. Jameel Mallouh, and Dr. Elias Halaby.
OCP News Service