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Egypt opens largest cathedral in Middle East in the capital, Cairo

In the Egyptian capital of Cairo on Sunday, the largest cathedral in the Middle-East opened.

The opening of the Cathedral of the Birth of Jesus Christ was performed by president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Also the coptic pope Tawadros II was present.

The cathedral, which has 63.000 square meters and can accommodate about ten thousand people, is the largest christian church in the Middle East, where islam is the dominant religion.

Copts (Egyptian christians) are, according to the Egyptian government about 10 percent of the population. According to many christians, they are suppressed and they can have their faith may not be entirely free to confess. By far the most people in the North African country are muslim.

President Al-Sisi stated in his opening remarks that everyone in Egypt should have freedom to their own faith. “We are all one people, as we always have been.”

The first service in the cathedral took place under heavy security. Saturday was a bommenexpert to when he was in the neighborhood of another coptic church in the city a bomb and tried to dismantle it.

The coptic pope Tawadros II (left) and Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi during the opening. ()

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