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Pope Francis greets Coptic Christians celebrating Christmas

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Jan 7, 2019 2:42 PM 3+ mon ago

CAIRO, Egypt - Pope Francis sent Christmas and New Year's greetings to Coptic Christians and all Egyptians upon the inauguration of a major Coptic cathedral, jointly opened with a larger mosque at the same complex.

"With joy I greet all of you, on the happy occasion of the dedication of the new Cathedral of the Nativity, built in the new administrative capital," the Pope said. "The prince of peace gives the gift of peace and prosperity to Egypt, the Middle East and all the world."

For the Coptic Orthodox, Jan. 7 marks the celebration of Christmas. Francis' message in part addressed the head of the Coptic Orthodox Church, who also bears the title "Pope."

"I offer a special greeting to my very dear brother His Holiness Pope Tawadros II and to the dear Coptic Orthodox Church, which is known to give ...

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