In Egypt, two years of celebrations for St. Francis begin

For 800th anniversary of meeting with sultan

03 October, 10:13

    (ANSAmed) - CAIRO, OCTOBER 3 - Father Ibrahim Faltas, councillor of the Custody of the Holy Land, said Franciscan friars in Egypt have begun celebrations for the 800th anniversary of St. Francis's visit to Egypt in 1219.

    Faltas spoke on the sidelines of the first celebration, which took place Monday evening in Cairo.

    Faltas told ANSA the celebrations will last two years and will focus on the meeting in Damietta between St. Francis and the sultan of Egypt, Al-Malik Al-Kamil. "The next stop will be a celebration in March in Egypt," Faltas said, after which all the Franciscans in Egypt will hold celebrations in their respective cities.

    The event on Monday, which included speeches, film screenings, awards, choir singing and a prayer, lasted about three hours at the Catholic Centre of Egyptian Cinema, annexed to St. Joseph's Church.

    Participants included the Italian Ambassador to Egypt, Giampaolo Cantini, and the Apostolic Nuncio to Egypt, Mons.

    Bruno Musarò.(ANSAmed).

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