After spending the first day of his visit in meetings with Muslim leaders, government officials, diplomats and members of the Coptic Orthodox Church, the pope dedicated the second day of his trip to Egypt’s minority Catholic community.
Placing flowers, lighting a candle and praying at the site where dozens of Coptic Orthodox Christians were killed by an Islamic State militant last year, Pope Francis and Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II paid homage to those who were killed for their faith.
Surrounded by the glow of the new Easter candle, members of the religious community and their guests keep vigil throughout the night, marking each of these seven “night watches” with song, prayer, symbolic rituals and silence.
The USCCB’s assistant director of the Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church, Alejandro Aguilera-Titus, will speak on the theme “Building Intercultural Competence for Ministers” at Leadership Day April 27 in St. Joseph. The day is designed for both lay and ordained ministry leaders from around the Diocese of St. Cloud.
With the water crises in many states, we must affirm through public policy measures currently being considered at the Capitol that we our committed to providing clean, drinkable water is a concern to all Minnesotans.