President Sisi witnesses the Christmas 2024 celebration – State Information Service

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi witnessed, Saturday 1/6/2024,Christmas celebration At the headquarters of the “Nativity of Christ” Cathedral in the New Administrative Capital; To extend congratulations to His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria, Patriarch of the See of Mark, and the masses of Christians..

Upon President Sisi’s arrival to the headquarters of the Cathedral of the Nativity of Christ, he was received by His Holiness Pope Tawadros II and the bishops participating in the Divine Mass prayers, amid a state of welcome and joy that prevailed among everyone. .



President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi was keen to shake hands with the Coptic brothers upon arriving at the cathedral headquarters.

When President Sisi entered the cathedral headquarters, ululations rose, expressing a state of joy and welcome, amid chants in support of President Sisi.


President Sisi also made sure to take pictures with Christmas celebrants inside the cathedral.


aPresident Abdel Fattah El-Sisi stressed, in his speech during the celebration, that Egypt will overcome any crisis, problems, or difficult circumstances. As long as the Egyptians remained at the heart of one man, in a state of unity
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President Sisi said, “God willing, this year will be a happy year for everyone, and in it – thanks to God – we will overcome the existing crises, and we hope to God that they will not continue any longer.” “.


President Sisi said that the world has been exposed, since 2020, to many crises and difficult situations, and “we hope that this year (2024) will be happy for all of us and that, thanks to God, we will overcome the major crises that exist, and that they will not increase or continue any longer.”
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President Sisi added, “The crisis we are all living through and are most affected by is what is happening in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank,” stressing that Egypt’s position regarding this crisis is “respectful,” as it seeks a ceasefire and the entry of aid. To relieve the suffering of our brothers and our people in Gaza, and then strive to find a radical solution to the Palestinian issue, “which is renewed every few years, and pains us all.”
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President Sisi continued his speech by offering congratulations to the Coptic brothers, saying: “This is Eid, and we have come to share your joy and congratulate you, and we wish you all the best… We pray to God that this year will be happy for all of us and that we will overcome, thanks to God, the great crises that exist.” “.


President Sisi said – directing his speech to His Holiness Pope Tawadros II – “All hail to your Holiness, and you have all respect and appreciation,” directing greetings, appreciation and respect to all the Coptic brothers.
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President Sisi stressed that “this love results from stances taken by only sincere men who love their country, believe in it, and are keen on protecting it.” He said, “I lived this practically with His Holiness the Pope, and I appreciate him very much, and I pray for his continued health and thank him for what has passed and what is to come.” “.

President Sisi concluded by saying: “Happy New Year,” stressing that any crisis, problems, or difficult circumstances will end, thanks to God – Glory be to Him – as long as we are with each other. Our country and its people will remain fine “.

After the speech, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi presented a bouquet of white roses to His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of Mark. Merry Christmas congratulations .

His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria, Patriarch of the See of Mark, presided over the Christmas Mass this Saturday evening, in the Cathedral of the Nativity of Christ in the New Administrative Capital, with the participation of bishops, priests, monks and members of the church, and in the presence of senior statesmen, ministers, diplomats, ambassadors of countries, public figures and various media outlets. .

The procession of His Holiness Pope Tawadros II entered the cathedral amidst church and liturgical Christmas tunes, accompanied by the bishops, priests and deacons, amid great joy from the members of the church participating in the prayers. .

The Christmas Mass prayer was attended by senior statesmen, ministers, governors, members of the House of Representatives and the Senate, ambassadors, diplomats, public figures and various media outlets. .

The cathedral opened its doors at five o’clock in the evening, for worshipers to enter, while the Coptic Orthodox Church announced the congratulatory arrangements that His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of Mark, will receive at the papal headquarters on Christmas Day, scheduled for tomorrow, Sunday, January 7th. .

Prayers are broadcast on Egyptian television, satellite channels, and channels affiliated with the Media Center of the Coptic Orthodox Church .

The “Nativity of Christ” Cathedral in the Administrative Capital, which was inaugurated by President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi in 2019; It is the largest in the Middle East, and can accommodate 8,200 people. It consists of a ground floor, a courtyard, and a lighthouse 60 meters high. .
The new cathedral is located east of the Expo Grounds project, south of the central park in the new capital, on an area of ​​15 acres, equivalent to 63 thousand square meters. .

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