Dr. Mohamed Badie, the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, has visited Pope Shenouda III, the Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of Saint Macarius, at the cathedral in east Cairo. The head of the Coptic Church has not been well recently.
A statement issued by the Brotherhood on 8 March said that during his visit, the General Guide wished Pope Shenouda a speedy recovery and lasting good health. "Dr. Badie and the Pope had a cordial discussion," said the spokesman, "with joint expressions of hope that the atmosphere of love and affection manifested during the January 25 revolution, which showed the real mettle of ordinary, decent people, would last among all Egyptians, Muslims and Copts alike."
The statement added that Pope Shenouda expressed his appreciation of this very first visit by the General Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood to the Holy See, and wished the movement success in the prominent role it now plays in the country's affairs. The visit gave the Cathedral staff an opportunity to extent traditional hospitality, which was much appreciated.
Several officers of the Brotherhood and the Holy See also attended the historic meeting.