Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Patriarch Speaks of Egypt's Historic Opportunity; Says Egypt Now on Brink of a Democratic System

The leader of Coptic Catholics in Egypt has spoken of an "historic opportunity" for the people, describing how the country now stands on the brink of achieving the "dream" of a democratic system, the Ekklesia website reports today (February 16, 2011).

Cardinal Antonios Naguib, Patriarch of Alexandria, welcomed the interim military regime's stated aim of dismantling the autocratic style of government built up over 30 years by Hosni Mubarak, who resigned as president of Egypt on February 11.

Speaking from Alexandria today in an interview with Aid to the Church in Need, Patriarch Naguib said, "Moving towards a civil democratic government -- rather than a religious or a military one -- has been our hope for a long time. It has been a dream."

Egypt is a country with 200,000 Coptic Catholics and about eight million Coptic Orthodox Christians. Patriarch Naguib said, "We will encourage very much all the members of the Church to participate in the elections. It is for us an historic opportunity."

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