Egypt’s Coptic Pope Tawadros II declared on Saturday Virgin Mary Church in East Cairo’s Zeiton district a new papal headquarters, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported.
This is the third location that has been named as a papal headquarters. The two other headquarters are the Abbasiya Cathedral, also in Cairo, and the Saint Bishoy Monastery in Alexandria’s Wadi El-Natroun.
Claps and cheers from the congregation met the pope’s announcement, Al-Ahram reported.
The Virgin Mary Church, built in 1925, has reportedly been a site where Marian Apparition’s have occurred throughout the years, with a particularly long one apparently lasting for over two hours in 1968.
The holy family reportedly passed through Tomanbay Road, where the church is located, during their stay in Egypt.