Pope Francis Arrives Cairo Seeking To Mend Ties With Islam
Pope Francis arrived in Cairo today hoping to mend ties with Muslim
leaders just as Egypt’s ancient Christian community faces unprecedented
pressure from Islamic State militants who have threatened to wipe it
In an address to the Egyptian people this week, Francis said he hoped
his visit would help bring peace and encourage dialogue and
reconciliation with the Islamic world.
But it comes at a painful time for Egypt’s Copts, the Middle East’s
largest Christian community, three weeks after Islamic State suicide
bombers killed 45 people in twin church bombings.
“Pope of Peace in Egypt of Peace,” read posters plastered along the road
leading from the airport to central Cairo, showing a smiling pope, his
hand raised above the Christian cross and the Crescent moon of Islam.