Pope Shenouda back in Cairo following therapeutic trip

Pope Shenouda III returned to Cairo on Monday morning after an eight-day therapeutic trip to the US.

The pope decided to return early to celebrate the feast of the Epiphany for which he will conduct the mass on Tuesday night.

Celebrations were held at the papal residence in Cairo to welcome the pope, who thanked those present and gave reassurances about his health.

A source from the pope's office said the medical examinations the pope underwent at Cleveland Clinic hospital in Ohio showed that the pope's health has improved following a medical procedure he underwent in 2008.

The pope was received by members of the Holy Synod, priests from Cairo's churches, and other church officials.

Maged Abdel Fattah, Egypt’s permanent delegate to the UN, visited the pope while he was in hospital in the US.

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