Egypt and the Vatican
The relationship between Egypt and the Vatican has experienced a laudable transformation over the past several decades. On May 10th 1973, Pope Shenouda III signed a historic Christiological declaration alongside Pope Paul VI in the Vatican, dissipating years of accumulated discord. The new millennium marked another momentous stride when Pope John Paul II visited Egypt in an unprecedented pilgrimage. The Pope praised Egypt as a cradle of learning, religion and unity as he embarked on a journey to retrace epic passages from the Bible. “Thank you Mr. President for making it possible for me to come here and go to where God revealed his name to Moses. May the highest God bless your land with peace and prosperity.” Pope Paul II thanked ex-President Hosni Mubarak during the press conference.
Despite a loss of inertia in the next decade, the unity was once again restored at the inauguration of Pope Francis in 2013. “Let us pray together for peace, dialogue and reconciliation for that dear nation.” the Pope spoke of Egypt during its revolution in 2013. Egypt’s Pope Tawadros was of the first to visit Francis in congratulations of his Papacy. “It is a great joy and a truly graced moment to be able to receive you all here…recalling the historic meeting forty years ago between our predecessors…in an embrace of peace and fraternity, after centuries of mutual distrust,” Pope Francis addressed the Egyptian Coptic Orthodox delegation.
With a new bond forged in steal and the Pope scheduled to visit Egypt this month, Egypt’s connection to the Vatican will only continue to grow as it proactively seeks the betterment of the lives of its citizens alongside those of the global community.