- Associated Press - Saturday, October 10, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church has blessed Nashville’s growing Coptic Christian community during his first visit to the United States.

The Tennessean reports (https://tnne.ws/1L4VNSZ) more than 2,000 turned out to see Pope Tawadros II at St. Pishoy Coptic Orthodox Church on Friday.

Middle Tennessee is home to thousands of Copts, who are estimated to make up 10 percent of Egypt’s 83 million people.

Lydia Yousief is a 20-year-old Vanderbilt University student whose parents left Egypt for the United States before she was born. She said Coptic Christians are minorities anywhere they go, so having their pope come to Nashville was “huge.”

During his visit, Tawadros was expected to ordain two priests and consecrate church facilities as well as greeting and blessing everyone who came to see him.

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Information from: The Tennessean, https://www.tennessean.com

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