According to state-run MENA news agency, the pope's remarks came during a meeting on Tuesday at St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Abbasseya with a delegation from Al-Azhar, headed by Mahmoud Azab, the grand sheikh’s advisor.
“The pope expressed pride and confidence in Al-Azhar,” said Azab. “And he hoped we could work together to support the true values of Islam and Christianity of mutual respect and co-existence.”
The Family House initiative was spearheaded by Al-Azhar to foster national consensus between the two faiths.
During the meeting, the Al-Azhar delegation offered its condolences for the victims of recent sectarian clashes last week in the Qalyubiya governorate community of Khosous as well as in front of the iconic cathedral.
Edited translation from MENA