Egyptian Coptic Christian Pope Tawadros II has visited the Vatican to congragulate Pope Francis .Its the first visit by a Coptic pope in 40 years.
Six priests and bishops accompanied Tawadros on his six-day visit.The Coptic Church announced the pope’s departure on Thursday.
Tawadros took his post last year and is still new in office. His predecessor made the last visit by a Coptic pope to the Vatican in 1973.
The Coptic and Catholic churches split in the fifth century over theocratic differences.
Christians comprise about 10 percent of Egypt’s population. Copts complain that since the overthrow of longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak in 2011, discrimination and attacks against them have increased, especially with the rise of the Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood to power.