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Egyptian Ambassador to Malawi, Maher El Adawy, has lauded the growing relationship between Egypt and Malawi.

He said this is evidenced by growing cooperation in areas such as economics, politics and religion.

He made the remarks in Lilongwe on Saturday during the laying of the cornerstone of Saint Mark Coptic Orthodox Church.

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“I’m very happy that we have the support of the Malawi government in this project as this is the first Coptic Church in the country. It will help in teaching people [about] light and other Egyptian values,” El Adawy said.

Bishop Antonios Markos, the Coptic Orthodox Bishop of African Affairs, said the church would play a crucial role in surrounding areas.

“As we know, the basic needs of a human being are five, namely spiritual, physical, mental psychological and social. We expect that this church will help the community to find these needs,” Markos said.

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Presidential Adviser on Religious Affairs, Timothy Khoviwa, said Malawi should consider itself lucky for having the Coptic Orthodox Church in the country as it shows that there is freedom of worship in the country.

“Co-existence of people of different faiths is the cornerstone of peace and unity. Therefore, we, as a nation, need more churches to strengthen peace and unity,” Khoviwa said.

The Coptic Orthodox Church is one of the most ancient churches in the world. It was founded in the First Century in Egypt by Saint Mark, the Apostle and writer of the Second Gospel in the New Testament.

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