CAIRO: Pope Tawadros II laid the cornerstone of Saint Youstina Coptic church in Los Angeles Tuesday in the presence of Bishop Serapion, Bishop of the Diocese and a group of priests and Copts, Youm7 reported.
The pope laid a box that contains the Bible, a booklet of prayers, a report signed by the Patriarch and the Bishop of the Diocese, currencies and newspapers of the day so “next generations know the nature of the times and in which the church was built,” Youm7 quoted the pope as saying.
Egyptian Consul in Los Angeles Lamia Mekheimar held a ceremony at the consulate to celebrate the pope, which was attended by many Egyptian expats, according to Youm7.
Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria and Patriarch of St. Mark had landed in Los Angeles International Airport Thursday morning in a 5-day visit. On Oct. 12, he inaugurated another Coptic church in California.