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His Holiness Patriarch Zakka participates in the installation of Pope Theodoros II

On November 18th, 2012, His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, joined our sister Coptic Orthodox Church in the installation of the new Patriarch, His Holiness Pope Theodoros II, on the Holy See of Alexandria. Pope Theodoros II is the 118th Pope in the line of succession presiding over the Coptic Church of Alexandria. This celebration took place at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Abbasia, Cairo.

H.H. Mor Zakka I led a delegation of seven Archbishops and a number of priests and monks from our Church. Patriarchs of other Orthodox and Catholic Churches also attended this celebration in addition to many officials and dignitaries from the Egyptian government.

After the installation ceremony, H.H. Mor Zakka I presided over special prayers and hymns from the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch. In conclusion, His Holiness our Patriarch delivered a speech in which he thanked God and praised Him for sending His Holy Spirit to choose the Pope, bless him and install him as the successor of St. Mark the Evangelist on the Holy See of Alexandria. He congratulated the new Patriarch, Pope Theodoros and wished him success in his mission, asking God to grant him wisdom, patience and perseverance to carry this huge responsibility well.

His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas added: “As the Patriarch of the Syrian Orthodox Apostolic See of Antioch and in observation of our authentic Oriental tradition, we extend the hand of recognition and apostolic communion to His Holiness Pope Theodoros II, asking the Lord God, Who chose him to this high rank, to bless him in all his works, for the glory of the Holy Trinity and the advancement of the Holy Church.”

After concluding his speech H.H. Mor Zakka I presented H.H. Pope Theodoros the Pontifical Pastoral staff, as a symbol of his “Good Shepherd’s” appointment. The new Pope blessed the faithful, and thanked Patriarch Zakka for his love, participation and support.

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