Egypt receives the first pilgrims to the path of the Holy Family

An Italian delegation of Vatican officials arrived in Egypt on the first Christian pilgrimage to the “Holy Family Path”.

The Italian delegation, which includes 52 tourists, visited on Thursday the city of Wadi Natroun, one of the most important stations of the “Holy Family Journey.” The pilgrims received official figures and Christian religious leaders in the monasteries of Wadi Natroun, where Jesus and the Virgin stayed long during their journey. in side Egypt.

The delegation, which includes the president of the province of Lazio and the Bishop of Viterbo and the bishop of the Egyptian Church in Rome and Turin, visited the monastery of the Syrians, and will continue his tour of the other monasteries and religious shrines in the city.

The event is the first of its kind in the field of religious tourism in Egypt, after Pope Francis of Egypt was recognized as part of the Christian pilgrimage to Mecca. He declared that May 2018 was the beginning of the inclusion of Egypt in the Vatican pilgrimage program.

The visit to the Italian delegation headed by representatives of the Vatican is the first official pilgrimage and the third pilgrimage to religious pilgrimage in Egypt after the visits of the delegations of the Philippines and India.

The visit will last for 5 days and the Italian delegation will visit some of the historic archaeological sites of the 3,500 km long Holy Family.

The Holy Family Journey is an important journey in which the Holy Family from Palestine was brought to Egypt via El-Arish in the Sinai (northeast of Egypt) and arrived in Babylon (central Cairo today). Then the Holy Family returned to Palestine passing through the Natroun Valley and crossed the Nile Delta to continue its way through the Sinai.

The Holy Family Journey program includes 25 locations, ranging from Al-Farma to Tel Basta to Qastra and then to Sakha and then Wadi Al-Natroun, which contains four monasteries (Abbey Abbey, Abbey of the Virgin Mary,

The path follows the rainbow in Cairo, where Mary’s tree, the Church of the Virgin Mary in Zeitoun and the Church of Abu Sirja (the oldest church in Cairo), where the Holy Family stayed on the journey back and forth and the well where the Holy Family drank.

After that, the march of the holy sites goes to the Religions Complex in Cairo, which includes the Hanging Church, the Amr ibn al-Aas Mosque and the Jewish Temple. And then the church of Maadi and then to the Bahnasa up to the Church of the mountain bird archaeological site containing the holy cave.

The path of the Holy Family complements the journey to the Mahrouk Monastery in Assiut, the first church built in Egypt (for the prophecy mentioned in the Book of Isaiah), where the Holy Family was established for more than 6 months and then to the Mount Drenke Umgarte, which includes a collection of icons.

The Holy Family Journey program aims to document the most famous historical and historical journey known and historically documented and religious.

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