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July 5, 2013 1:29 pm

Egypt’s Christian and Muslim Leaders Support Roadmap for New Government

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Pope Tawadros II of Egypt, pictured, held his first Easter Mass as pope at the historic St. Mark's Church in central Cairo. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.orgEgypt’s top Christian and Muslim leaders are supportive of the new roadmap announced by Egypt’s military following the removal of Egypt’s Islamist President Mohamed Morsi.

Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of Saint Mark Diocese Pope Tawadros II and Grand Imam of al-Azhar Dr. Ahmed el-Tayyib joined liberal leader Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei in support of the roadmap for a new government presented by General Abdul Fatah al-Sisi, chairman of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, Egypt’s State Information Services reported.

As protests were mounting earlier in the week, Pope Tawadros also tweeted in support of the demonstrators in Tahrir Square.

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“How wonderful are the Egyptian people recovering their stolen revolution in a civilized manner with the idea of ‘rebellion’ and its great youth’s sacrifice. I pray for all the people of Egypt,” Pope Tawadros said on his official Twitter account, according to a translation provided by the Huffington Post.

Since his election as pope late last year, Tawadros has been very critical of Egypt’s former Islamist government. In April, the pope called out Morsi for failing to protect Coptic Christianity’s central church in Cairo after an attack by a street mob that led to the death of six Christians.

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