News

Coptic Pope Tawadros II To Participate In Events Marking 100 Years Since Armenian Genocide

Coptic Pope Tawadros II To Participate In Events Marking 100 Years Since Armenian Genocide

Photo: EPA
Photo: EPA

Coptic Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria, Egypt has announced plans to travel to Armenia to participate in events marking the centennial since the Armenian genocide.

Purported by Turkey’s former Ottoman government, the genocide saw 1.5 million Armenians systematically killed by 1915. The Pope’s statement came amid current tension between Egypt and Turkey that developed after Turkey expressed disapproval of the ousting of Former President Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

While most Armenians do not typically follow the Coptic Church, they comprise a separate sector of Oriental Orthodoxy, the Armenian Apostolic Church, which observes a similar calendar and traditions and recognizes the same Pope. Pope Tawadros II stated that he will be participating in commemoration events in Armenia, in addition to visiting Coptic communities in Europe in May.

Coptic Orthodox Christians make up approximately 15% of Egypt’s population- around 10 to 13 million. President Abdel Fattah El Sisi recently greeted Pope Tawadros II and Copts abroad in the spirit of Sham El Nessim, or the Orthodox version of Easter, and sent delegates to attend the Easter Mass held in St. Mark’s Cathedral in Abbassiya on Saturday.

The decision of Coptic Pope Tawadros II to participate in the events came before Pope Francis called the 1915 mass killing of Armenians a genocide, but was not reported widely.

Following Pope Francis’ statement, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned him not to make such remarks.

“I condemn the Pope and would like to warn him not to make similar mistakes again.”

It remains to be clear whether Coptic Pope Tawadros II will also describe the 1915 events as a genocide. The Egyptian government, meanwhile, has never formally described the mass killings as such.

Edited by Marina Kilada.

Tahrir Square and Downtown Cairo To Undergo Major Renovations
Egypt To Confront 'Threats of Atheists, Baha'is and Shiites' With New 'Special Groups'

Subscribe to our newsletter


News
@KariMegeed

An avid traveller, photographer, and culture aficionado who received her sciences degree in Anthropology from Loyola University Chicago, Kari is currently devoting her time to Egyptian Streets, in addition to launching her travel magazine, Le Voyageur.

More in News

Rights Lawyer and Former Presidential Candidate Khaled Ali Held Overnight Pending Investigations

Egyptian StreetsMay 23, 2017

Egyptian Authorities Demolish Ras Sudr Kiteloop Camp, Other Attractions For ‘Violating State Property’

Egyptian StreetsMay 23, 2017

ISIS Claims Responsibility For Manchester Arena Attack

Egyptian StreetsMay 23, 2017

19 Killed in ‘Explosions’ at Ariana Grande Concert in UK

Egyptian StreetsMay 23, 2017

Canadian Minister to Contribute to the Egyptian Educational System

Egyptian StreetsMay 22, 2017

Cannes Festival: Egypt Scores Majority of Awards of the ‘Arab Critics Awards’

Egyptian StreetsMay 22, 2017

Egypt’s Ali Farag Named Runner-up at the 2017 PMI Bellevue Squash Classic

Egyptian StreetsMay 22, 2017

Egypt Refers 48 Suspects to Military Court Over Coptic Church Bombings

Engy AdhamMay 22, 2017
Egyptian Streets is an independent, young, and grass roots news media organization aimed at providing readers with an alternate depiction of events that occur on Egyptian and Middle Eastern streets, and to establish an engaging social platform for readers to discover and discuss the various issues that impact the region.

© 2017 Egyptian Streets. All Rights Reserved.