300 Copts return to Egypt after performing pilgrimage to Jerusalem
Cairo International Airport - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO:  A total of 300 Coptic Christians arrived at Cairo International Airport on Saturday after attending a pilgrimage in Jerusalem during the Holy Week, the week before Easter starting from April 22 to 30, Youm7 reported.

The pilgrims arrived on board of Air Sinai flights, affiliates with EgyptAir, coming from Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv.

Twenty Six tourist companies have organized pilgrimage trips for 5,500 Coptic Christians from Egypt to Jerusalem despite of the ban imposed by the Orthodox Church since 1979.

Late Pope Shenouda banned Christians from traveling to Israel “unless with Muslims when it is liberated” from Israeli occupation. The ban was issued after late President Anwar al-Sadat, who was at odds of Pope Shenouda, signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1979.

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