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Egypt’s Copts Decry Rumors on Pope Tawadros II

Egypt’s Copts Decry Rumors on Pope Tawadros II

Friday, 15 March, 2019 - 06:45
Egypt's Coptic Pope Tawadros II speaks from the historic al-Muharraq Monastery, February 5, 2013. (AP/Khalil Hamra)
Cairo - Waleed Abdul Rahman
Copts on Thursday decried rumors spread on social media claiming that the Orthodox Church in Egypt decided to remove Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark.

The rumors prompted the Holy Synod to show appreciation for the Pope.

“Rumors claiming that members of the Holy Synod are planning to remove His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, are baseless and they harm the Church and the Holy community,” it said in a statement on Thursday.

The Holy Synod said the rumors were spread by unknown parties and therefore should not be heeded.

Member of the Egyptian Family House, Pastor Cyril Aziz told Asharq Al-Awsat that such acts affect the entire Egyptian community.

“The rumors were spread by people with cynical intentions, distanced from love and peace,” Aziz said.

He added that the entire Holy Church is subject to Pope Tawadros’ rule.

Last Sunday, Coptic Orthodox Church Spokesperson Paul Halim said in a statement that rumors about the Pope do not affect the Church.

“His Holiness Pope Tawadros II has strong popularity among the Holy Synod and the Coptic people. He has good relations with all institutions at home and abroad,” Halim said.

The Coptic Church in the United States also issued a statement on Thursday decrying the rumors against the Pope.

“There is a deliberate marketing of rumors and lies spread by dark soldiers, who aim to split the Church and to create confusion among the Coptic community,” the statement said.

It rejected such “evil acts,” expressing full solidarity with the Orthodox Coptic Church.

The Pope recently wrote on his official Facebook page that social media is a waste of time, calling on monks to rather focus on the school of God.

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