Egyptian Copts still banned from Easter in Jerusalem–report

For the last two Easter seasons in Jerusalem, dozens charter flights carried Egyptian Coptic Christians for celebrations at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. The influx followed the death of Coptic Pope Shenouda, who banned travel to Israel. This article indicates that the new pope, Tawadros, will maintain the ban. We’ll see if it’s true, and if it is, how many Coptic Christians ignore it, and if they do, what actually happens to them. Orthodox Easter and Roman Catholic/Protestant Easter coincide this year–April 20 for all, falling as usual during the Jewish Passover holiday. Happy holidays to all!


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