Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria and Patriarch of St. Mark Diocese paid a visit today Thursday to the Virgin Mary and Mar Mina Coptic Orthodox Church in Concord California as part of his pastoral visit to the United States. The pope’s visit began on September 13.
Spokesman for the Coptic Orthodox Church Father Boulos Halim said the Pope expressed happiness over meeting the congregation of Virgin Mary church in Concord.
He also ordained two priests on his last stop in the US namely Father Joseph for the Virgin Mary and St John Church in Pleasanton، California and Father Mina to the St George Church in Kirland، Seattle، Washington State، the spokesman said.
In earlier statements، Father Boulos said the pontiff has during his month-long visit to the US، consecrated altars and icons in 14 churches and led 18 masses.
The pope held 14 meetings with church members in the US and baptized 36 persons.