Mon, 08 Nov 2021 - 10:10 GMT
Mon, 08 Nov 2021 - 10:10 GMT
CAIRO – 8 November 2021: Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria and Patriarch of St. Mark stressed, Monday on the importance of unity between all citizens regarding their region.
He added in his speech during the celebration of 10th anniversary of Egyptian Family House that ‘religions should be a reason for unity and cooperation not fighting and disputes.’
Pope Tawadros also noted that Egypt especially is one of the richest civilizations in the whole world; therefore, Egyptians have always been living amidst mixed cultures and religions all along their history.
He said that Egyptian Family House has been working on spreading community peace, achieve justice and reaffirm the concept of citizenship.
In his speech he said that humanity have been through a lot especially during the past period due to the effects of COVID-19 and isolations, along with ither natural challenges such earthquakes, volcanoes and climate change.
Pope Tawadros called on adopting an approach that is based on five basic concepts to live life during the coming ten years. These concepts are: ‘the love of God, the love of nature, the love of the other human being, the love of our country, and the love of eternity’
Proceedings of the 10th anniversary of founding the Egyptian Family House kicked off on Monday with the participation of Azhar Grand Imam Sheikh Ahmed El Tayyeb and Pope Tawadros II, 118th Pope of Alexandria and Patrarch of the See of St. Mark along with former president Adly Mansour.
The ceremony, held at the Al-Azhar Convention Center in Nasr City, started with playing the national anthem.
The ‘Egyptian Family House’ is an initiative that represents a model of religious coexistence. Established in 2011 by the post-revolutionary cabinet of Essam Sharaf, the Egyptian Family House was first conceived by the Grand Sheikh of al-Azhar, Ahmed al-Tayeb, and the late Pope Shenouda of Alexandria. Headquartered in Cairo, the Egyptian Family House consists of Muslim scholars, clerics from the Coptic Church, representatives of various Christian faiths in Egypt, and a number of Egyptian intellectuals.
The ‘Egyptian Family House’ aims to preserve the fabric of Muslim-Christian unity within the Egyptian society, by following a number of means to achieve this end; notably, reaffirming the noble values and common characteristics between the various religions and cultures; establishing a new discourse that caters to the needs of the youth, as a pillar to moral and education, to encourage peace, and the rejection of hatred and violence; promoting cooperation and coexistence among citizens; monitoring and proposing preventive means to maintain social peace; and training imams and priests in various parts of the country to acquaint followers with other faiths to maintain social peace
The Family House works on promoting the Muslim and Christian values of compassion, empathy and understanding and upholding the principles of coexistence and tolerance.
The Family House also aims to encourage the culture of peace and acceptance of others and counter hatred and violence.