His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received a delegation from the Coptic Orthodox Church at the Patriarchal Residence in Atchaneh, Bikfaya – Lebanon.
The Coptic Orthodox Delegation included the members of the Executive Committee of the Middle East Council of Churches: Anba Bishoy, Anba Benyamin and D. Guirguis Saleh as well as Rev. Fr. Rouwais AL-Ourashalimy and Rev. Dn. Joseph.
The meeting was attended by their Eminences: Mor Theophilos Georges Saliba, Archbishop of Mount Lebanon and Tripoli, Mor Clemis Daniel Kourieh, Metropolitan of Beirut, Mor Chrysostomos Mikhael Shemoun, Patriarchal Vicar of the Patriarchal Benevolent Institutions in Atchaneh, Mor Yacoub Eduardo, Patriarchal Vicar of Central America and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director.
His Holiness welcomed their Eminences and the members of the Delegation and spoke about the special relations that exist between the two sister churches: the Coptic Orthodox and the Syriac Orthodox Churches. He also spoke about the role of MECC in promoting the concerns of Christians in the Middle East.
His Holiness conveyed his brotherly love and hearty wishes to His brother in Christ His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria, Patriarch of the Throne of St. Mark, Head of the Coptic Orthodox Church.