Sunday, April 30, 2017

Pope Francis,Pope Tawadros Sign Agreement; Recognize Each Other's Sacrament of Baptism

In a common declaration, signed by Pope Francis and Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II, Catholics and Copts declared for the first time that they will recognize each other's sacrament of baptism, the Independent Catholic News website reports today (May 30, 2017).

The declaration also calls for a common translation of the Lord's Prayer and a common date for the celebration of Easter.

Catholics and Copts, the declaration says, can witness together to the shared values of human life, the sacredness of marriage and family, and respect for creation.

Finally, the declaration calls for intensified prayers for all Christians who are persecuted and killed for their faith, especially in Egypt and the Middle East.

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