24 February 2014
Abigail Frymann Rouch
Egypt’s Coptic Church denies it may build church in Saudi
The Coptic Orthodox Church has denied media reports that it had reached an agreement to establish a church in Saudi Arabia, which would have been the first built since the modern Kingdom was founded in 1932.
It released a statement yesterday after the MidEast Christian News agency reported that an agreement had been reached between the Coptic Pope Tawadros and the Saudi ambassador in Cairo, Ahmed Kattan.
A source in the region told The Tablet that Pope Tawadros had attended a meeting at the Saudi Embassy in Cairo in which he made a request for the Saudi Government to permit the construction of a church in Saudi Arabia because many Copts work there.
The source said the ambassador told him he would pass on the request to King Abdullah.
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