President Áder in Egypt: Coptic Christian Community Rebuilt under President el-Sisi
MTI-Hungary Today 2019.12.02.
President János Áder met Coptic Christian church leaders in Egypt on the first Sunday of advent, as part of his four-day official visit to the country.
During his talks with Bishop Silvanus, the head of the St. Pachomius monastery of Luxor, Áder discussed the persecution of Christians and the situation of Coptic Christians in Egypt.
“Christians have to suffer because of their faith in many parts of the world,” Áder told journalists after the meeting, adding that in recent years “we have put our heads in the sand, pretending that the problem is non-existent”.
President Áder in Luxor. Photo by Tamás Kovács/MTI
Egypt was only ruled by radical Islamists for one year, between 2012 and 2013, but more than 80 Coptic Christian churches were set on fire or blown up during that time, the president said.
It demonstrates the strength of the Coptic community that the past seven years have been enough to rebuild all these churches, Áder said, noting that Egypt’s current president, Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi provides protection to members of the Coptic community. He has helped rebuild the destroyed churches and is the first of Egypt’s presidents to celebrate with the Christian community every Christmas since his election, he added.