DUBLIN, Ireland - Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II met Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin during a five-day visit to Ireland.
“Christians in Egypt are now struggling for their existence,” he told Martin May 18.
Martin told Tawadros that Irish Catholics were “very aware of the suffering that your Coptic community has endured even in recent weeks,” a reference to a pair of terrorist attacks April 9 at two Egyptian churches. The Islamic State group claimed credit for the attacks, which killed at least 45 people, injured more than 100 others and shook the Middle East’s largest Christian community to the core.
Assuring the Coptic leader of his “prayerful solidarity,” Martin expressed the hope that Egypt could “become a beacon in the region for freedom of religion and for dialogue among all believers, especially with our Muslims sisters and brothers.”
Tawadros also met Irish President Michael Higgins, other foreign officials and members ...