Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of Saint Mark Episcopate, said, “We want the church, like the components of Egyptian society, to be strong, and when we say, ‘We want our country to be strong,’ it must have a strong army, a strong police, a strong judiciary, a strong flower, and a strong church. And strong art, and strong sport, and with the result of all this, our country will become strong. Therefore, when we seek to be a strong church, the goal is to add to the strength of Egypt and the power of all Egyptians.
The Pope reiterated his thanks to President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, saying: “I also thanked the President and the Armed Forces and the Engineering Authority who were very tired and focused on building this cathedral, and we are awaiting approval for the establishment of a guesthouse here so that the service of this church will continue. He was delegated here in this church, and he arranged for prayers to take place every week. ”
His Holiness Pope Tawadros II explained, after the end of his sermon at the Mass of the Seven New Bishops, which was held today in the Cathedral of the Nativity of Christ in the New Administrative Capital, the service tasks of each of the new bishops.
The text of his interpretation of His Holiness read as follows: “Anba Agapius, bishop and head of the monastery of Anba Bishoy, and it is one of the largest of our Coptic monasteries with beloved fathers. The monastery becomes like a beehive and the scent of the fathers spreads as in its great history. The pure scent of Christ spreads everywhere, and this is a great responsibility. His Eminence Anba Agapius is loved in the monastery, calm in temper, monastically committed, and absorbed the nectar of monastic life through dozens of The years were in monasticism and his discipleship was at the hands of the astrologer Anba Sarabamon. Therefore, I am confident that he will succeed a lot and the monastery will witness a great spiritual blessing and revival.
He added: “Beloved fathers in the new dioceses, the diocese of Abu Qurqas and the diocese of East, Minya, HG Bishop Philopate and HG Anba Pham, HG Anba Macarius has worked hard to prepare for them during the past months, and I hope that a quiet and fruitful service begins under the eyes of God and glorifies God on every Sunday, I know that they are places It is large and has a history and has many Christian effects for monasteries and churches, and it needs continuous work. This is for the first three fathers. ”
He continued: “As for the four fathers, the general bishops, His Eminence Anba Joseph serves in several African countries the services of patronage, preaching and foundation for the service. Our Coptic Church is the first church in Africa and therefore we are an African Church founded by Saint Mark and therefore we carry the name of Saint Mark and his service and transfer it to these countries, in Africa There are several beloved fathers, HG Bishop Anba Anthony Mark in South Africa, HG Bishop Anba Paul in Kenya, HG Anba Sarabamon in Omdurman, Sudan, and HG Anba Elia in Khartoum, Sudan and the state of South Sudan. Beloved through our father David Lamy in many areas with fathers priests and servants and maids serving in several African countries, and I hope in the service of Anba Joseph that the image of the Coptic Church will be a clear picture that serves our African brothers and loved ones and we offer them this spiritual service starting from Egypt. To serve in many places ».
He said: “His Eminence Anba Cedaros will serve in Ezbet Al-Nakhl, and it has a group of churches and densely populated but has great love for God. By the grace of Christ, he succeeds in it with the beloved fathers there. HG Bishop Royce, who bears the name of our father, the bishop who departed last year, who was the first to bear this name and was an angel in the Holy Synod, and HG Bishop Royce will serve in East Asia while he served there before. Another, but Anba Royce has experience, calmness and knowledge, and he will succeed a lot in this service because he is our first bishop in Asia, for us Bishop Anthony in Palestine, Jerusalem, and the Gulf frequented by Anba Julius, Bishop of services and ancient Egypt, but we do not have fathers bishops in Asia, so this step The first is to extend the service and we have good relations with these countries ».
He concluded by saying: “His Eminence Anba Axios from the Monastery of Saint Mina will serve in Ain Shams and Al-Matareya, and he is a resident of this region, which is an area where beloved fathers have served and organized the service there, and its service is very successful. These areas are densely populated with Christians. ”