Brotherhood in Faith: Coptic and Greek Orthodox Leaders Bond on Christmas Day

Brotherhood in Faith: Coptic and Greek Orthodox Leaders Bond on Christmas Day

OCP News Service – 28/12/2023

Cairo -Egypt: Every year on Christmas Day, a long-standing tradition takes place in Alexandria, Egypt. The Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church, Pope Tawadros II, pays an official visit to the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, Theodore II. This year’s meeting was particularly heartwarming, filled with expressions of love, unity, and a shared hope for peace.

The two Primates greeted each other with a warm embrace, their faces beaming with genuine joy. In his welcoming remarks, Patriarch Theodore II spoke of Pope Tawadros II as his “beloved brother,” highlighting the deep fraternal bond between their churches. This bond transcends any differences, reminding us that Christians worldwide are united by their faith in Jesus Christ.

Patriarch Theodore II shared a moving anecdote about his recent visit to Burundi, where he encountered 5000 children singing for peace. He recounted asking them what gift they desired most, and their simple answer – a cow for milk – resonated deeply with both Patriarchs. This encounter served as a powerful reminder of the innocent victims of conflict and the universal yearning for peace that transcends borders and cultures.

Pope Tawadros II expressed his gratitude for Patriarch Theodore II’s dedication to missionary work and ministry to the underprivileged. He particularly commended his work with children, the sick, and those in need. In return, Patriarch Theodore II acknowledged Pope Tawadros II’s role in promoting messages of peace on behalf of the Coptic Church. This mutual respect and appreciation pave the way for continued collaboration and support within the Christian community.

The exchange of gifts between the two Primates held special significance. Patriarch Theodore II offered a traditional petrachili and select products from Chios, while Pope Tawadros II presented him with Coptic art and calendars for the new year. This exchange represents the rich cultural heritage and traditions shared by both churches, and it serves as a reminder of the enduring power of faith and hope.

The Christmas Day meeting between Pope Tawadros II and Patriarch Theodore II is much more than just a tradition. It is a powerful symbol of Christian unity, a call for peace, and a testament to the enduring hope that we share as human beings. In a world often divided by conflict and discord, this annual gathering offers a beacon of light, reminding us of the importance of love, compassion, and understanding.


OCP News Service

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