Pope Francis spoke of joy on Friday morning, 10 May, at
Mass in the Chapel of Domus Sanctae Marthae. He described his high spirits
due to the presence, in his own residence, of His Holiness Pope Tawadros II,
Pope of Alexandria. The Holy Father transmitted his joy to the faithful
present at the celebration.
“Today”, he said, “there's a good reason for joy in this
house”, where we are hosting “the Pope of Alexandria, the Patriarch of the
See of St Mark”. He went on to explain the reason for his joy: “He is a
brother who comes to visit the Church of Rome to talk, to make a journey
together. He is a brother bishop, a bishop like Balthasar, a bishop like me,
and he carries his Church forward. Let us ask the Lord to bless him and help
him in his ministry to carry forward the Coptic Church; and for us too,
because we know that we walk together on this journey. This is a true joy, a
little joy today. Let us give thanks to the Lord for this joy”.
Pope Francis welcomed the Head of the Coptic Church of
Egypt on Thursday, 9 May, when he first arrived Santa Marta — where he was
staying until 13 May — with his entourage. This morning the official
audience was held.
Taking part in Mass, among others, were a group of
journalists, technicians and administrators from Vatican Radio, with
Director General Fr Federico Lombardi, Administrative Director Alberto
Gasbarri and the Head of Promotion and Development Fr Lech Rynkiewicz.