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Egypt's Coptic leader visits Pope Francis

Friday, May 10, 2013 - 00:51

May 10 - A rare event takes place at the Vatican with three popes inside the tiny city-state's walls at the same time. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: At the Vatican on Friday (May 10), three popes were inside the tiny city-state's walls at the same time. Coptic Pope Tawadros II met the leader of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis, and the two men, each addressing the other as "Your Holiness", prayed together for reconciliation among communities and nations, without mention of events in Egypt. Tawadros has previously denounced a wave of anti-Christian attacks there. A short walk from where the two met in the Apostolic Palace, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is living out his retirement in a convent in the Vatican gardens. There were no plans for Tawadros, making his first trip outside Egypt since his election in November, to meet Benedict. The tall, black-robed Tawadros is the head of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria, the largest Christian Church in Egypt. He is only the second Coptic pope in history to visit the Vatican. In an rare interview last month, Tawadros told Reuters that Egypt's Christians felt neglected by Muslim Brotherhood-led authorities, who proffer assurances but have taken little or no action to protect them from violence. Tawadros invited Francis to visit Egypt, but he would need a parallel invitation from the Egyptian government to make such a trip.

Egypt's Coptic leader visits Pope Francis

Friday, May 10, 2013 - 00:51

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