Coptic Church: No visits to the Holy Land

Coptic Church: No visits to the Holy Land

Source: The Times of Israel

As Egyptian pilgrims return from Easter visits to Jerusalem and other Christian holy sites in Israel, the Coptic Church of Egypt reiterated the travel ban defied by the visitors.Coptic pilgrims leaving for Israel last week were criticized by Egypt’s leading daily Al-Ahram for defying the deceased leader’s edict and purportedly granting legitimacy to the Israeli occupation of East Jerusalem.

Bishop Bakhomious, the church leader since the death of Pope Shenouda III on March 17, renewed his predecessor’s directive, declaring that “the Pope’s decision not to visit Jerusalem is still in ...

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