Egyptian President El-Sisi Appears at Coptic Mass

Egyptian President El-Sisi Appears at Coptic Mass

First time ever, Egypt’s Pres. el-Sisi attends Coptic Christmas mass at Cairo Abbasiya Cathedral, says all Egyptians are “one hand.”

By: Hana Levi Julian

Published: January 7th, 2015

Israeli Ambassador to Egypt Chaim Koren presents his credentials to President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, at the presidential palace in Cairo.

Israeli Ambassador to Egypt Chaim Koren presents his credentials to President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, at the presidential palace in Cairo.

For the first time ever, Coptic Christians in Egypt were able to greet the president of their country on the most important holiday of their faith.

President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is the first Egyptian leader ever to attend Christmas mass at Cairo’s Abbasiya Cathedral, where he greeted Coptic Christians in a speech.

Sisi’s attendance at the religious service was preceded by a heavy security presence, especially due to prior attacks on Christian sites by radical Islamists.

The president congratulated Egypt’s Coptic community on the occasion of the holiday, and maintained that all Egyptians are as “one hand.”

The Jewish Press

Egyptian President El-Sisi Appears at Coptic Mass