CAIRO, EGYPT (APRIL 29, 2017) (EGYPT TV) – Pope Francis warned against religious fanaticism on Saturday (April 29), as he wrapped up a two-day trip to Egypt by leading Mass in Cairo’s Air Defense Stadium.
Vatican officials said 15,000 worshippers gathered for the open-air Mass, among them Coptic bishops and senior Anglican figures.
Crowds arrived early, waving Egyptian and Vatican flags and braving intense security measures to welcome Francis, who toured the sun-drenched stadium in a golf buggy to the sound of hymns performed by a choir and orchestra.
Francis’ trip comes three weeks after Islamic State killed at least 45 people in attacks on two Egyptian churches. He has used the visit to launch a strong appeal for religious freedom and to accuse extremists of distorting the nature of God.