On Wednesday, May 8, His Grace Bishop Serapion traveled to the Vatican to join a delegation of Coptic Orthodox bishops accompanying His Holiness Pope Tawadros II in an historic visit to meet His Holiness Pope Francis of the Roman Catholic Church.

Pope Tawadros’ visit marks the first official visit by the Pope of Alexandria to the Pope of Rome in over 40 years, since Pope Shenouda III of thrice-blessed memory met with Pope Paul VI in 1973 and began ecumenical dialogue. This is also His Holiness’ first trip outside of Egypt since his divine election to the papacy last November.

God willing, the two Popes will meet to discuss the ongoing ecumenical dialogue between the Coptic Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches.