South Sinai Governor Khaled Fouda announced the Charter of St. Catherine for World Peace on Friday, under the patronage of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
Friday is the second day of the city of Saint Catherine’s three-day forum dubbed “Sinai: The Forum of divine religions”, under the slogan “Here we pray together for world peace”.
Endowments Minister Mohamed Mokhtar and a number of ministers and ambassadors are attending the event.
A ceremony was held on Thursday, launching the event for the fourth year in a row. The opening speech was given by Fouda, followed by a speech by Gomaa, and then another by MP Osama al-Abd, Chairman of the Religious Committee in the House of Representatives.
After the end of the celebration, participants ascended Mount Moussa and stayed there until dawn on Friday morning.
Fouda held a press conference in Saint Catherine’s Monastery announcing charter’s launch.
The churches of St. Catherine and the Monastery rang their bells at the time of Friday prayers, as a sign of religious solidarity and peace.
Gomaa also delivered a Friday prayer sermon at al-Wadi al-Moqaddas Mosque. After the prayer, tons of meat were distributed on poor people in Saint Catherine city.
Finally, Gomaa visited Saint Catherine Monastery, and met with its bishop.