Egyptian Coptic Pope makes rare Jerusalem visit

November 28, 2015 3:18 PM

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JERUSALEM The Egyptian head of the Coptic Church, Pope Tawadros, made a rare visit to Jerusalem to preside over the funeral on Saturday of a Coptic bishop.

The previous Coptic pope banned worshippers from traveling to Jerusalem more than three decades ago, despite a 1979 peace treaty between Egypt and Israel. Since his death in 2012 Egyptian Copts have increasingly been seen on pilgrimages to the city.

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