Tawdros II has been pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church for a year – a period in office marked by Islamist violence against Egyptian Christians. He has been given a warm welcome by Copts on his first visit to Germany.
More than 40 people have been killed in attacks that targeted Coptic churches in Egypt. Anba Damian, general bishop of Copts in Germany, has described a climate of terror and persecution in his homeland of Egypt.
Pope Francis is hoping to revive Muslim-Christian dialogue and show solidarity with the Coptic community during a visit to Cairo. The Egyptian government is using the trip to polish its image. Martin Gehlen reports.
Tight security and grief have cast a shadow on Easter Mass services for Egypt's Coptic Christians just days after 45 people died in twin church bombings. The militant "Islamic State" group claimed the Palm Sunday blasts.
During his trip to Myanmar and Bangladesh, the pope is pushing for "the wealth of our differences" to be part of the conversations between religions. Some in Germany see the Pope's approach as part of a long-term trend.
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