Coptic Pope Tawadros II is expected until May 14 at the Vatican. This Wednesday, May 10, he will be present alongside Pope Francis at the general audience and will speak. May 10 corresponds to the Day of Friendship between Copts-Orthodox and Catholics, in memory of the historic meeting between Pope Paul VI and Pope Shenouda III on May 10, 1973, nearly 1,500 years after the break-up of the Council of Chalcedon. .
Thursday May 11, a private audience between Pope Francis and Tawadros II will take place with a common prayer time for peace at the Redemptoris Mater chapel. Sunday 14, Tawadros will celebrate an Orthodox Sunday liturgy in the Basilica of Saint John Lateran.
This is the third time that Pope Francis has met Tawadros II, after a first visit to Rome by the Orthodox Patriarch on May 10, 2013, and the visit that the Bishop of Rome paid him on April 28, 2017, on the occasion of his trip to Egypt.