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Two Air Sinai’s airplanes with 322 Christians aboard left Cairo’s International Airport in direction of Jerusalem. The purpose of the trip is to visit the holy places to perform religious rites during the Holy Week and Easter Mass.
The increasing number of Coptic Orthodox pilgrims to Jerusalem during the Holy Week since the passing away of Pope Shinūda III generated a great debate and a media hype on the Coptic travel ban to Jerusalem the latter had imposed in the 80s as long as the holy territory is under Israeli occupation...
Dr. Aḥmad Badr al-Dīn Ḥassūn, the Grand Mufti of Syria, stressed the common destiny of the Egyptian and Syrian peoples through the ages and the importance of the two countries in preserving the Arab entity.
In a meeting held by the Lions Clubs International in Egypt, Pope Shenouda adopted a softer stance toward Copts who travel to Jerusalem for personal interests.
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