Egyptian Embassy: President al-Sisi Visits Saint Marks Cathedral To Offer Condolences Pope Tawadros II

The Egyptian Embassy issued the following press release 2/16/15:

This morning, President Abdel Fattah El Sisi paid a visit to Saint Mark’s Cathedral in Abbassiya to pay his respects to Pope Tawadros II, the Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark. The President offered his condolences for the innocent Egyptian citizens, who fell victim to the heinous act of terrorism that took place in Libya yesterday. The President expressed his sympathy to the families of the victims, affirming that they will receive all necessary care and support from the competent state authorities.

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Spokesman for the Presidency Ambassador Alaa Youssef stated that the President’s visit to the cathedral was motivated first and foremost by his sense of patriotism as an Egyptian citizen before his role as President of Egypt and of all Egyptians. Ambassador Youssef noted that the President made his visit to the Cathedral spontaneously without waiting for any ceremonial arrangements or a formal procession.

Youssef added that the Egyptian state, which has reserved the right to respond at the time and in the manner of its choosing, will do everything in its power to deliver swift justice in retribution for the innocent victims, who fell victim to this abhorrent act of terrorism.

Youssef stated that the President has called on Egyptians to stand united and consolidate their efforts to overcome these difficult times, stressing that the unity of all Egyptians, Muslims and Christians, is the only way to ensure the safety of the country, eradicate terrorism and strengthen the fabric of the Egyptian nation. The President noted that these despicable acts that contravene the teachings of all religions and values of human decency will not undermine the resolve of Egyptians or deter them from their pursuit of building a new Egypt that will realize the hopes and aspirations of its people on the basis of justice, equality and respecting the rights of all.

…and of course ISIS hates Abdel Fattah el-Sisi for being a secular leader:

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69 Responses to Egyptian Embassy: President al-Sisi Visits Saint Marks Cathedral To Offer Condolences Pope Tawadros II

  1. auscitizenmom says:

    😥 Waaaaaa! And, we’ve got Obozo!! 😥 😥

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  2. Nycgal says:

    Hope our president is watching this one to see how it’s done.

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  3. Betty says:

    Please God, bless and protect this man ! What a gift he is to his people and the world.

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  4. justfactsplz says:

    Once again Al-Sisi has shown he is a better leader than Stompy Feet. We have a general killed in Afghanistan and our leader does not attend his funeral. We have Americans beheaded and he goes golfing and campaigning. Harf said today Egypt and Jordan are in this with us. No, they are in it in spite of us and they are defending their countries.

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    • smiley says:

      what a startling contrast between Al-Sisi who not only names the enemy but also its ideology, and while fighting for Egypt’s survival, takes the time to demonstrate his compassion and condolences….
      while selfie preens for the mirrors, plays (bad) golf, and wants to provide jobs for that very same enemy who he refuses to call by name, while loudly condemning Egypt.

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      • Roy says:

        We don’t really have a President. We have a Manchurian candidate whose goal of destroying the United States of America is becoming so apparent that it’s actually becoming transparent.

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      • justfactsplz says:

        Obama would love to see Al-Sisi and Bibi ousted from office. He is jealous and hates everything they stand for and believe.

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    • doodahdaze says:

      A kangaroo would be a better leader than Obama.

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  5. zephyrbreeze says:

    A true world leader of our generation. God bless him for his courage, strength and wisdom.

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  6. czarowniczy says:

    Back in the mid-80s I had the privilege of meeting Pope Shenouda III when I was asked to ride with a particularly rambunctious Army Chaplain out to the Coptic Syrian Monastery at Wadi el Natrun. We weren’t expecting to see the Pope there – didn’t even know he was there – but the Chaplain had smuggled a case of sacramental wine (think I told this one before) into Egypt and was determined to get it into the monastery.
    Point is, we were a gazillion miles out in the middle of truly Lawrence of Arabia nowhere – no roads to speak of, no signs, nothing but a rented Fiat with an Egyptian military driver we’d convinced, with the help of some offerings, to drive us to a place he thought he the monastery might be. To say the place was desolate is an understatement, it was absolutely treeless, nothing but sand and blowing sand and this huge sand-colored monastery. The temperature was in excess of 125 degrees and so dry it was like standing in a convection oven. Yet all around the walls were dirty cloth lean-tos or crude box houses with entire families – mothers, fathers and children – living in them. As the Chaplain had the driver drive us around the walls the children would run out – they’d rarely if ever seen a car there, never mind one with an Egyptian military driver and two Americans in it – begging for anything. It isn’t unusual when you are an American GI to have kids following you and begging candy or whatever but these kids in the middle of this were particularly pathetic and were running barefoot on blistering hot sand just to get a scrap of anything. What they as a family owned an American family would have in one kitchen drawer. The Chaplain had the driver stop and he broke down every box of MREs we had, every carton of soft drinks, all of the candy and everything else he’d bought to hand out except for the wine and gave it to the kids. You can bet that was the first US soft drinks they’d ever had. 30 years later the thought of that still wrenches my guts but the FACT IS, those Coptic families found living there in those conditions preferable to what they faced in cities like Alexandria and Cairo. Can you imagine a father and mother having to make the decision to live like that, with your children, in the middle of a desert (the monastery did help out with food and water) is preferable to what you and they would face from our Islamic Egyptian allies were they to live in the urban/suburban Egyptian areas?
    For el-Sisi to meet with the current Pope offers a glimmer of hope to the surviving Egyptian Copts that, at least for the time being, their state-sanctioned eradication may be over for a while. That doesn’t mean that reactionary portions (as if the come in another flavor) of the Islamics there won’t stop their genocidal actions but it might mean they’ll have to go someplace else to buy the tools and supplies as the government won’t be handing them out any more. Or at least as frequently.
    Pray this means more can get visas to come here – unless Obama and State are too busy printing Syrian refugee visas.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      And let’s not forget that even if we start with just the last three Egyptian presidents who’ve willingly jumped into the US’s bed this murder and oppressions of Coptic Christians has been going on under them, with the full knowledge of the US and little more than a propaganda ‘tsk tsk’ every now and then. James Earl ‘Super Christian’ Carter, Reagan, Bush !, Clinton, Bush !! and now the Moslem-lite – this has been going on with each of their administration’s knowledge. We needed Egypt as a friend, or at least not as an open enemy, and the Copts were past of the dross that got swept under the rug. And yet they still want to come here.

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      • pspsst says:

        God love ’em, Czar. To see them receive those soft drinks and candies in the midst of desolation, like candy falling from the sky, for sure. The families refused to accept the vulgarities of Islam for a life of easy comfort.

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        • czarowniczy says:

          That was really my introduction to the Copts. The Chaplain was an Irish-Catholic Chaplain and had a knowledge of them. He’d wanted to see the monasteries at Wadi el-Natrun a sthey date back a thousand years or more, This one had a huge sally port but entry through it was a door big enough for you to walk through but not big enough for Moslem invaders to ride a horse through – the Copts have been under attack from Islam for a long, long time.

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          • pspsst says:

            They are long suffering… more than we can ever imagine. They deserve our prayers.

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            • czarowniczy says:

              They deserve our full suppport – there are a lot here and the POtuS and his cultural jihadis are bringing in 9000 basically unvetted Syrian ‘refugees’ as starters. Wonder how many of them have, or are planning on having, American Copt blood on their hands?

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      • RoyBaty says:

        LIkewise, in the early 80’s, in the Navy, my ship (destroyer) visited Karachi, Pakistan, and a few of us rode bicycles throughout the city. Friendly smiling (stoned on betel?) people were everywhere, no problems encountered.

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        • czarowniczy says:

          I subscribe to the position that the Saudi Wahhabi folks and their cash are the ones who stirred the fundamentalist pot in Pakistan. They were heavily there during the Russian-Afghanistan debacle (more ancient history) and never really left, funding fundamentalist masjids all over the country.

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      • canadacan says:

        Muslim Lite -hat tip to you Czar. You started something.
        we live like royalty in this country even the” average” person
        these people know what they know it and they will risk anything to get here.
        I always remember the story of an immigrant from a communist country.He had to sit down because he got sick and nauseated from being overwhelmed whenever he went to a department store or grocery store when he first moved to the United States

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        • czarowniczy says:

          We’re going to have our hands full over the next few years as the huge stream of Syrian (and you bet other) Islamic refugees stream in. State says it takes 6 to 18 months to vett one refuge so with the UN High Commissioner and State on our backs (under pressure) to start the 9000 Syrians to enter here you wanna bet how many (even if we could effectively do do) will be vetted? No one’s asking how many of the Syrian, or other, refugees will be Moslem OR CHRISTIAN (if any).
          Yeah, on the lighter side, Soviet commercialism, best summed up by one of my most favoritest commercials ever:

          Sort of like how I feel going into Walmart lately…

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    • tappin52 says:

      You have led an interesting life. Thanks for sharing these stories.

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    • smiley says:

      tremendous, czar.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        I was along fro the ride – the Chaplain was the one who driving the train. There was more too, AND when the Egyptians said he couldn’t fly his Christian Chaplain’s flag outside of his tent on an Egyptian military base flew it anyway and told ’em that if they didn’t want it to fly they could come and try to take it down. Also wore his Christian Chaplain’s insignia openly too.

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        • smiley says:

          you were in some good company…so were they.

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          • czarowniczy says:

            Fr ‘M’ was the bestest and most dedicated Chaplain I’d ever had the privilege to serve with. Chaplains are a separate breed from mainline priests, ministers, rabbis (sorry if I missed anyone) as they put their lives on the line. People forget that we have had the Chaplain Corps in Iraq and Afghanistan ministering to the troops since Day One. They are unarmed, at the very fronts and if you think the regular line troops would have a tough time if captured by the Moslem hoards just imagine what would happen to a Chaplain if s/he were captured.
            Also, something I haven’t done since my friend who was a Chaplain’s assistant returned from his last tour in Afghanistan, let’s not forget the military (generic term) members who serve as Chaplains” assistants. They not only go out and do the drudge work around the chapel but when the Chaplain goes out into the field they are THE sole (yes, I’m avoiding the pun) protection between the bad guys and the Chaplain. Their job is to physically (as in lay down their lives) to protect the unarmed Chaplains from being captured or killed. You want to talk about an unsung and under appreciated job?

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  7. Personally, I think Boehner should invite al-Sisi to address the House of Representatives. Maybe the anti-Semites there will listen to him and not be too busy to show up.

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  8. bob e says:

    amazing fellow. ‘heap big medicine .. ‘ ah ?? good for him

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  9. Aslan's Girl says:

    I just can’t get over el-Sisi. I think I have to pinch myself.
    I am still in amazement at how quickly the Egyptian people realized that the MB/Morsi was no good and that they actually DID something about it. It only took them two years which really is amazing.
    God bless Egypt.

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  10. doodahdaze says:

    Obama appears to fear the cross. Like a vampire. He can’t even say the word Christian. Bet he does not allow Garlic in Moochies garden.

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  11. BobNoxious says:

    The islamist crazies are going to be gunning for Al-Sisi like they did w/ Anwar Sadat. Hopefully the Egyptians have learned a few things since then and beef up his protection.

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  12. JohnP says:

    Mohammed’s promise to St. Catherine –

    “This is a message from Muhammad ibn Abdullah, as a covenant to those who adopt Christianity, near and far, we are with them.
    Verily I, the servants, the helpers, and my followers defend them, because Christians are my citizens; and by Allah! I hold out against anything that displeases them.
    No compulsion is to be on them. Neither are their judges to be removed from their jobs nor their monks from their monasteries. No one is to destroy a house of their religion, to damage it, or to carry anything from it to the Muslims’ houses.
    Should anyone take any of these, he would spoil God’s covenant and disobey His Prophet. Verily, they are my allies and have my secure charter against all that they hate.
    No one is to force them to travel or to oblige them to fight. The Muslims are to fight for them. If a female Christian is married to a Muslim, it is not to take place without her approval. She is not to be prevented from visiting her church to pray. Their churches are to be respected. They are neither to be prevented from repairing them nor the sacredness of their covenants.
    No one of the nation (Muslims) is to disobey the covenant till the Last Day (end of the world).”

    The original document rests in a Turkish museum. The way I read it, IS has broken the Prophet’s covenant. (I like to keep a copy handy, along with a copy of the constitution, a silver bullet and holy water.)

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  13. JohnP says:

    I just sent this out to my Congress-critters.

    This is embarrassing!

    YPG advancing against IS south of Kobane.
    We need to get our allies some proper equipment.

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  14. JohnP says:

    The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

    More “friends” fighting IS in Syria, these are Turkish Communist Militia, the TKP/ML. they don’t play nice and IS fears them like the plague. I believe they use Geneva Convention brand toilet paper, if you get my drift. The Kurds are building their own coalition of the willing. Obama’s Free Syrian Army has been fighting along with the Kurds since the darkest days back in September,

    I just thought you should know, it not just the polite Kurds fighting IS.

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    • smiley says:

      we have no idea what hell they are going through.
      strong people..like the Russians.
      old Russian saying : “..and then it got worse..”

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      • JohnP says:

        They are the epitome of rag tag, but they count every captured cartridge and spend they’re nights cleaning or repairing ancient AK-47s. It’s not unusual to see taped together stocks or wired up sights and their “tanks” are right out of a Mad Max movie. Yesterday’s butcher’s bill was 41 IS and 8 YPG, that makes it a bad day for the Kurds. They sing and dance but they fight like hell. The struggle for Kobane would make a great movie.

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  15. JohnP says:

    UPDATE on the al-Asad airbase and the town of al-Baghdadi.

    1,400 U.S. Maries have been added to the 350 stationed at the al-Asad Airbase.

    The Iraqi Army has retaken the center of the town and removed the IS flag from the police station.

    Iraqi Army Special Forces the ISOF

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