CAIRO –Christians in Egypt are celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. Christmas 2019 is particularly special because it will be remembered for the dedication of the Middle East’s largest church for Coptic Christians. (Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas on January 7.)
Egypt’s Coptic pope inaugurated the Nativity of the Christ Cathedral during Christmas Mass. President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi joined the celebration.
The building is a gift to the Church from President el-Sisi. He commissioned the cathedral in 2017 as part of a new capital being built outside of Cairo. He said the new church should be considered “a message of peace and love to the world.”
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