Aswat Masriya (Cairo)

6 January 2013

Egypt: Pope Tawadros - Nation Needs New Start, Protests Should Stop

Pope Tawadros II addressed on Sunday Egyptians saying that Egypt needs a new start and that protests should stop.

The church must steer away from politics except in defending equality, he added.

The Pope told the Coptic community that happiness is his message to them.

In an interview with al-Jazeera Channel, the Pope said his message to the people of Egypt is that the country "needs stability especially two years after the revolution. Egypt needs a new start and we need to put an end to protests in the streets."

The Pope called on Egyptians to "start building the new Egypt".

Commenting on the church's stance regarding the new constitution, Pope Tawadros II said, "The church took part in drafting the constitution but quit at a certain point when it met obstacles as the constitution which is the source of legislation is against equality."

"Copts were marginalized under the former regime but after the January 25 uprising they were able to freely express their opinion like the rest of the Egyptians," the Pope stated.

Pope Tawadros II said he along with all priests is trying to commit to the church's spiritual and social roles.

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