Pope Tawadros tackles situation of Copts with Macron, Larcher

gypt's Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II (R) meets with French President Emmanuel Macron at the Coptic Church headquarters in Cairo AFPCAIRO – 19 October 2019: Egypt’s Pope Tawadros II visited the Élysée Palace and the French Senate on Friday as part of his first papal visit to France to meet with the Coptic community.The Pope’s talk with President Emanuel Macron focused on the situation in Egypt, where the Pope said development in Egypt is improving but its road is still long. He added that there are many improvements to the situation of Copts, especially the new law facilitating the building of churches and President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s visits to the Cathedral every Christmas Mass, a visit that means a lot to the Coptic people in the country and the world.They also tackled education, as the Pope expressed his wish that France supports the educational process in Egypt.Meanwhile, head of the senate Gérard Larcher emphasized Pope Tawadros’ role is one of the most important figures of Christianity across the world, expressing his respect for the Coptic Church and its religious and historical weight, according to a statement by the Egyptian ambassador in Paris Ihab Badawy.Larcher also noted the Egyptian counter terrorism role and the Egyptian-French relations, including parliamentary relations. The Pope, who began his visit to Belgium and France on Oct. 9, said that all terrorist operations, regardless how different in terms of their targets, whether churches, mosques, officers or judges, all aim at weakening the Egyptian national unity.Pope Tawadros referred in his meeting with Larcher to efforts of the Egyptian government to renovate churches affected by terrorist attacks.The Pope will later visit León and Marseille.

Source:Egypt Today

October 19, 2019 09:33 UTC


Barcelona trio strengthen Barca squad against Eibar

Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - FC Barcelona vs Valencia - Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain - April 14, 2018 Barcelona's Samuel Umtiti celebrates scoring their second goal REUTERS/Albert GeaCAIRO – 18 October 2019: Great news for Barcelona fans as the club manager, Ernesto Valverde, included Samuel Umtiti, Jordi Alba and Junior Firpo at the team list that will face Eibar on Saturday afternoon at the Spanish League.Umtiti’s return is so important for Barcelona as the Catalan enter the game with two Center Backs, Todibo and Clement Langlet while the team veteran defender, Gerard Pique, misses the game for suspension.Valverde’s announced squad for the game consists of:Goalkeepers: Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Neto, Arnau TenasDefenders: Nelson Semedo, Jean-Clair Todibo, Clement Lenglet, Moussa Wague, Jordi Alba, Sergi Roberto, Samuel Umtiti, Junior FirpoMidfielders: Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets, Arthur Melo, Carles Alena, Frenkie de Jong, Arturo VidalForwards: Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann, Carles Perez, Ansu FatiThe Spanish Football Federation announced on Friday that the first clasico of the season between Barcelona and Real Madrid at Barca’s stadium, Camp Nou, is postponed.The game was scheduled on 26 October at the Ctalan capital but the recent political tension in the region and the expected demonstrations on the day of the game forced the federation to postpone the game.LaLiga requested to switch the venue of the game to Madrid and the second game in March to be played in Catalonia but the request saw opposition from both clubs.Both clubs suggested 18 December as a new date for the biggest game of the football calendar across the world and they are waiting the federation’s approval.

Source:Egypt Today

October 18, 2019 16:18 UTC


El Clasico postponed due to security concerns

Football Soccer - Real Madrid v FC Barcelona - Spanish Liga Santander - Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain - 23/4/17 Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates scoring their third goal Reuters / Stringer LivepicCAIRO – 18 October 2019: The Spanish Football Federation announced on Friday that the first clasico of the season between Barcelona and Real Madrid at Barca’s stadium, Camp Nou, is postponed.The game was scheduled on 26 October at the Ctalan capital but the recent political tension in the region and the expected demonstrations on the day of the game forced the federation to postpone the game.LaLiga requested to switch the venue of the game to Madrid and the second game in March to be played in Catalonia but the request saw opposition from both clubs.Both clubs suggested 18 December as a new date for the biggest game of the football calendar across the world and they are waiting the federation’s approval.In Madrid, Los Blancos asked to stick to the season’s calendar and postpone the game to be played in a later date instead of switching the venues.In Barcelona, the club officials asked for the same decision of LaLiga of a similar incident in 2017 when Barcelona hosted Las Palmas at Camp Nou on 1 October, the same day of the Catalan independence referendum.Barcelona asked the game to be postponed but LaLiga forced Barcelona to play or lose so the Catalan played the game behind closed doors.At the end, the federation put an end to the never-ending Soap Opera and football fans will have to wait for another period to enjoy the game.

Source:Egypt Today

October 18, 2019 16:18 UTC


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