CAIRO: The Egyptian and Ethiopian churches should continue to hold meetings to enhance joint relations, as well as relations with all churches in Africa, Ethiopian Orthodox Patriarch Mathias I said during an official reception at Egypt’s Orthodox Cathedral in Abbasiya, Cairo, Youm7 reported.
After a meeting with Egypt’s Pope Tawadros II, Pope Mathias I and a high-level delegation of Ethiopian clergymen headed to Cairo’s Religious Complex, where the Hanging Church and several other ancient churches are located. Virgin Mary, her baby Jesus and Saint Joseph are believed to have passed through this area when they fled Palestine to Egypt.
A public reception and celebration will be held at the Abbasiya Cathedral on Wednesday. The six-day visit by the Ethiopian delegation is unprecedented in its level since 1982, according to Youm7.
The visit coincides with ongoing negotiations on the Grand Renaissance Dam which has caused tension in the relations between Egypt and Ethiopia.
The Ethiopian Orthodox Church was judicially related to the Coptic Patriarchate of Alexandria in until 1959 before it was considered as autocephalous Church by the Coptic Patriarch Cyril VI, Islamic and Coptic history professor Fathy Khourshid told The Cairo Post Tuesday.