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Pope Francis denounces barbarity during Egypt visit


CAIRO — Pope Francis begins a two-day trip to Muslim-majority Egypt on Friday to show solidarity with the country's Coptic Christians following the bombing of two churches that killed 44 people on Palm Sunday

Francis is likewise utilizing the visit to perceive endeavors by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to permit Christians greater balance in the nation. He will join Pope Tawadros II, leader of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church, for a gathering on how Muslims and Christians can exist together calmly, an activity Sisi is pushing.

"We have some heedless fatwas (Muslim administrative decisions) that have expanded strife amongst Muslims and Christians," said Usama al-Abd, a previous leader of Al-Azhar University who is currently executive of the Egyptian parliament's religious issues board of trustees, which is drafting new directions of fatwas.

"Pope Francis' visit to Egypt is a call to world peace," al-Abd said. "So we as a whole should join together and collaborate to censure psychological oppressor thought as a worldwide issue and not something that just torment Egypt."

The last ecclesiastical visit to Egypt was in February 2000 by Pope John Paul II.

On Saturday, the pope will commend an outside Mass here in the midst of tight security in the wake of the bombings in Alexandria and Tanta that additionally harmed 126 individuals. After seven days, Islamic State activists assaulted a police checkpoint near St. Catherine's religious community on Mount Sinai, executing a cop and harming three others.