Pope Francis Arrives Cairo Seeking To Mend Ties With Islam


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
out.

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.

Those attacks followed a cathedral bombing that killed 28 people in
December and a spree of murders that has forced hundreds of Christians
to flee North Sinai, where the group is most active.

“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.