On Sept. 19, His Holiness Pope Tawadros II of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria visits Winnipeg for a few hours as part of his month-long cross-country tour of Canada.
"He cares about everyone and this congregation and we are important to him," says Rev. Marcos Farag, priest of St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church in Winnipeg.
"He wants to shake hands with everyone."
This is the first visit to Canada for Pope Tawadros, a former pharmacist turned monk, who became head of the Cairo-based church on Nov. 19, 2012. Former Pope Shenouda III had planned to visit Winnipeg about five years ago, but cancelled due to ill health. He died in 2012.
Canada is home to about 50,000 Coptic Orthodox Christians. About 250 families are part of St. Mark, the only Coptic Orthodox parish in Manitoba....