In January, the Christians of Egypt celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ. Christmas 2019 will be remembered for the opening of the largest Church in the middle East.
At mass on Christmas, Coptic Patriarch opened the Cathedral of the Nativity of Christ together with the President, who joined the celebration. This building is the gift of the Church from Egyptian President Al-Sisi. He ordered to build a Cathedral in 2017 – as part of a new administrative capital outside of Cairo. He said he wants the new Church brought to the world the message of reconciliation and love.
“I think we witnessed a historic event which will have a huge impact. Sunni Arab Muslim President of one of the largest Arab countries in the world to build the biggest Church in the middle East and gave it to the Christians of Egypt. In history we do not remember anything like it. And I think that President Sisi has shown that not only its people but other countries that Christians and Muslims can live in peace and cooperate. This is great progress,” explains the significance of this historical event, the author of bestsellers about the middle East Joel Rosenberg. He led a delegation of Evangelical Christians who came to the opening.
Tweeter President of the United States Donald trump thanked Al-Sisi for what he is leading the country to a more open future. Johnny Moore agree that we are seeing a new movement of the spirit in the middle East.
“In the Bible there is a verse which says that all the evil of the enemy, God will turn into good. Horrible terrorism that we have faced in the last decade, particularly in 2014 and 2015, with ISIS, laid the Foundation for the new movement of the spirit of tolerance, which now captures the entire region. And some leaders are taking in this movement, directly involved,” he says.
Reverend Andrea Zaki, President of the Protestant churches in Egypt, said that the media one-sided coverage of the situation in the country.
“I think that Egypt is moving forward. This is not like a computer, when after one is pressed a new screen appears. Culture and traditions of the people, the economy – all these aspects require time. But you can feel, see and touch these changes”, says Andrea Zaki.
The group also met with Patriarch Tawadros the head of the largest Christian churches in the middle East and Evangelical leaders. They all believe in one.
“The answer is that it takes time. They say: “We face challenges”, but the situation now is much better when compared with the times of President Sadat, Mubarak and of course the “Muslim brotherhood”. We are very encouraged by this but will continue to push for further change,” says Joel Rosenberg.