Sisi’s Ecumenical Sunday

From Coptic Christmas to mosque dedication

By JACOB WIRTSCHAFTER, MINA NADER/THE MEDIA LINE
January 10, 2019 08:38
4 minute read.
Sisi’s Ecumenical Sunday

IN EGYPT, the standalone spires adjacent to churches – such as Nativity of the Christ Cathedral (pictured) – are called lighthouses.. (photo credit: MINA NADER FOR THE MEDIA LINE)

 
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President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi brought his signature message of emphatic ecumenism to the celebration of Coptic Orthodox Christmas on Sunday, marking the holiday with an appearance at the Nativity of the Christ Cathedral and the dedication of the massive Al-Fattah Al-Alim Mosque.

Authorities here say both structures now constitute the largest places of worship for Christian and Muslim worship in the Middle East region.

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