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Cairo – The ten-year anniversary of the “House of the Egyptian Family”, which sees itself as an interreligious liaison and aims to prevent or defuse sectarian conflicts, took place under the motto “10 years of love, cooperation and brotherhood”. The Patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church Tavadros II and Sheikh Ahmed al Tayyeb, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar University, attended the main event, which was held on Monday, November 8, at the Al-Azjar University Conference Center. The ceremony was also attended by bishops, journalists, representatives of various Christian and Islamic communities, political representatives and judge Adly Mansour, who served as interim president from July 2013 to June 2014 after the military coup that overthrew Islamist President Mohamed Morsi.
In her speech, the politician Martha Mahrous, Undersecretary of the Communications and IT Committee of the Chamber of Deputies, paid tribute to the role that the “House of the Family” has played in recent years and the “key message” that Egypt is thus giving to the world.
The Egyptian family home was able to contribute to the prevention and alleviation of sectarian antagonisms when the resurgence of sectarianism threatened to endanger national unity. The liaison office, headed alternately by the Grand Imam of Al Azhar and the Coptic Orthodox Patriarch, has built a network of local committees across the country over the past 10 years and has promoted many concrete and effective initiatives. This includes encounters between priests and imams, who often jointly initiated conferences and debates in schools in order to promote a culture of encounter and peaceful coexistence between different people in the pupils. On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the founding, Anba Theodosius, Coptic Orthodox Bishop of Giza, praised the vision that Patriarch Tawadros and Grand Imam Ahmed al Tayyeb have shown in recent years, describing them as “wise leaders who take care of the interests of the peoples and of all Egyptian citizens, be they Muslims or Christians”.