AL-MUHARRAQ MONASTERY, Egypt — Egypt’s Coptic patriarch delivered a
cautious but unusually sharp criticism of the nation’s Islamist
leadership in an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday,
dismissing the new constitution as discriminatory and rounds of national
dialogues sponsored by the president as meaningless.
Pope Tawadros II’s dive into politics came as he tried to
energize the spiritual solidarity of a demoralized community with a
visit to a historic monastery that no Coptic pontiff has been to in
decades because of security tensions in southern Egypt.
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