General Audience of 10 May 2023 with the Holy Father Francis
Brothers and sisters!
It is with great joy what a greeting today His Holiness Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of San Marco, and the illustrious delegation accompanying him.
His Holiness Tawadros accepted my invitation to come to Rome to celebrate with me the fiftieth anniversary of the historic meeting of Pope Saint Paul VI and Pope Shenouda III in 1973.
It was the first meeting between a Bishop of Rome and a Patriarch of the Church Coptic Orthodox Church, which culminated in the signing of a memorable onecommon christological statement, exactly on May 10th.
In memory of this event, His Holiness Tawadros came to see me for the first time on May 10th ten years ago, a few months after his and my election, and he proposed to celebrate every May 10th the “Coptic Catholic Friendship Day” that from that time Read more…