50th anniversary of the meeting between Paul VI and Shenouda III

9 May 2023

On 10 - 11 May, the Holy Father Pope Francis and His Holiness Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Head of the Coptic Orthodox Church, will celebrate together the 50th anniversary of the historic meeting of their predecessors, Pope St. Paul VI and Pope Shenouda III, which took place in May 1973.

On Wednesday, 10 May, Patriarch Tawadros will participate in the General Audience. On Thursday, 11 May, he will have a private meeting with Pope Francis, with whom he will share a moment of prayer, and will then visit the Dicastery for Promoting Christian Unity.

The Patriarch will also meet with the faithful of the Coptic community living in Rome, in the Basilica of St John Lateran on Saturday, 13 May, at 6pm, and celebrate the Eucharist at 9.00 am on Sunday, 14 May, in the same Basilica. No tickets required.

Photo: Pope Shenouda III and Pope Paul VI with Cardinal Johannes Willebrands, President of Secretariat for Promoting Christian Unity, 10 May 1973.