Cairo, June 30, 2022
The Coptic Church has donated the Church of the Great Martyr and Wonderworker Mina and Pope Cyrillos VI (“Mar-Mina”), located in the Gardens of the Pyramids in Giza, to the Exarchate of the Russian Orthodox Church in Africa for free use. On June 25, 2022, Metropolitan Leonid of Klin celebrated the first Divine Liturgy in the church in his capacity as Russian Exarch on African soil, reports Patriarchia.ru .
The transfer of the church of the Great Martyr Mina to the North African Diocese of the Exarchate of the Russian Orthodox Church for free use was announced by Bishop Theodosius of Giza of the Coptic Church, who welcomed Metropolitan Leonid.
In response, the Exarch spoke about the Russian Church’s special, kind and fraternal relations with Coptic Christians.
“When we received this kind signal from His Holiness the [Coptic] Patriarch, of course we were very glad to hear that we could hold divine services in one of the courtyards of the Coptic Church and have it for free use,” he said. “In response, we are also making every possible effort in Moscow to make the Coptic Church feel as at home on Russian soil as it does on Egyptian soil,” said Bishop Leonid.