Sandri shows solidarity with Copts18 January 2013
The Vatican's Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches paid a six-day visit to Egypt last week, encouraging the Orthodox Copts and other Christians, who make up one tenth of the population, to stand up for religious freedom during the Year of Faith. "The ability to profess one's own creed must be guaranteed to everyone without exception, and thus also to Christians," Cardinal Leonardo Sandri said.
Speaking to Coptic Catholic leaders, he acknowledged the "very difficult present situation" facing the Church in Egypt. He also held talks with Pope Tawadros II, the new head of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt.
Egypt approved a new constitution late last month that paves the way for parliamentary elections in two months' time. Many Christians fear the constitution leaves the door open to hardline Islamic legislation.
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