Pope Francis arrived Friday at Al Azhar Sheikhdom headquarters in Cairo، where he will meet Grand Imam of Al Azhar Ahmed Al-Tayeb to discuss issues of common interest for both religious leaders.
Pope Francis arrived Friday at Cairo international airport، on a two-day official visit to Egypt، in order to express solidarity with the Christian community in Egypt and deliver a speech to an international conference on peace.
Prime Minister Sherif Ismail and a number of Egyptian senior officials received Pope Francis at Cairo international airport.
Pope Francis’s visit to Egypt comes in light of the recent terrorist attacks that occurred during the celebrations of Palm Sunday holiday، which is given by the government as a holiday for Christians، as the majority of them go to churches to pray.
Hundreds of Christians protested the bombings of two churches، St. Mark's Orthodox Cathedral in Alexandria and St. George Church in Tanta، during Palm Sunday. The protesters chanted slogans denouncing terrorism and raised banners condemning the attacks that claimed dozens of lives and left several others wounded.
The international community، including countries and organizations، such as the United Kingdom، United States، France، Russia، the European Union، the Arab League Jordon، Kuwait، Saudi Arabia and Qatar، in addition to Organization of Islamic Cooperation condemned the terrorist attacks and expressed their sincere condolences to the families of the victims.