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Celebration in Paris on the occasion of the commemoration of the route of the journey of the Holy Family to Egypt



Celebration in Paris on the occasion of the commemoration of the route of the journey of the Holy Family to Egypt

A celebration to commemorate the journey of the Holy Family to Egypt

The Franco-Egyptian Organization for Human Rights and Duties organized a celebration entitled “Pharaonic Egypt, refuge of the prophets and the Holy Family”, in the presence of Dr. Khaled Al-Anani, Egyptian candidate for the position of director general. of UNESCO, and Ambassador Alaa Youssef, Ambassador of Egypt to France and its permanent representative to UNESCO, on the occasion of the commemoration of the route of the journey of the Holy Family to Egypt and the registration of the file of the related celebrations on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage. of humanity at UNESCO.

The celebration brought together a group of French, Egyptian and Christian religious figures of all faiths, led by His Eminence Mgr Mark, Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Paris and Northern France, as well as the Egyptian Consul in Paris, members of the Egyptian diplomatic mission, and numerous French and foreign political, diplomatic, intellectual and literary figures.

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In his speech on this occasion, Ambassador Alaa Youssef expressed his pride in participating in this celebration dedicated to commemorating the route of the Holy Family’s journey to Egypt and celebrating its inscription on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO.

Ambassador Alaa Youssef welcomed Dr. Khaled Al-Anani, noting his great contribution to the inscription of this file on the UNESCO Cultural Heritage List thanks to his rich scientific experience and his pioneering vision in heritage preservation culture of humanity, whom Ambassador Alaa Youssef considered to be well qualified to assume the position of Director-General of UNESCO. Ambassador Alaa Youssef also appreciated the role of the relevant national authorities in achieving this success by preserving these unique heritage places.

In turn, John Maher, president of the Franco-Egyptian Organization for Human Rights and Duties, reviewed the itinerary of the Holy Family’s journey to Egypt, during which the Holy Family traveled twenty- five points over 3,500 kilometers round trip from Sinai to Assiut. . He highlighted each site visited by the Holy Family by displaying photos of the churches and monasteries built in those locations as well as groups of Coptic icons indicating the passage of the Holy Family through those sites.

John Maher expressed pride in the tireless efforts made by the Permanent Delegation of Egypt to UNESCO, led by Ambassador Alaa Youssef, which helped inscribe the celebrations associated with the Holy Journey to the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of UNESCO.

Dr. Khaled Al-Anani expressed his pride in the file of the route of the Holy Family in Egypt, which occupies a special place for him since he was Minister of Tourism and Antiquities. Dr. Al-Anani said that the Ministry was keen to work on this issue through several axes, including the restoration of many ancient churches that were established along the route of the Holy Family’s journey to Egypt, in order to preserve this heritage religious and cultural. for future generations.

It is noteworthy that after Pope Francis announced the inclusion of the “Route of the Holy Family” among the official places of pilgrimage, during his visit to Egypt in April 2017, the office of the Franco- Egyptian association for human rights and duties organized in November 2018 the first trips of the French to Egypt to visit the Way of the Holy Family. In 2022, the record of celebrations associated with the journey of the Holy Family to Egypt was inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

The evening included the performance of a group of songs in Arabic and French, as well as hymns in the Coptic language, in commemoration of the celebrations associated with the journey of the Holy Family to Egypt.

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