Cairo and Sinai
2023 PILGRIMAGE TO CAIRO AND SINAI
February 3-11, 2023

Egypt is well known for her pyramids and the advanced cultures of the pharaonic period, but what is not well known is that Egypt is also an important pillar of early Christianity. Long before the father of western monasticism, Benedict of Nursia (5th-6th century) founded orders and monasteries in Europe, there were in Egypt’s deserts monastic communities dating back to Anthony of Egypt and Pachomius (3rd-4th century). A good number of these monasteries continue to operate and welcome visitors today. Egyptian Christians are known as Copts. They trace their beginnings to Mark the Evangelist. Egypt according to Coptic tradition is the land of refuge where the Holy Family sought safety from Herod the Great (cf. also Matthew 2.13 - end). These dwelling places of the Holy Family, over which early churches were erected, continue to this day to be treasured by Christians throughout the world.

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