Cairo, December 26 2012: Al-Azhar Grand Sheikh Dr. Ahmed el-Tayyeb congratulated on Tuesday 25/12/2012 Christians on the advent of Christmas.
In a cable on Tuesday, he expressed hope that this would be a good chance to promote "love and mercy" among Egyptians, regardless of their orientations and beliefs.
Moreover, Mufti of the Republic Ali Gomaa greeted on Tuesday 25/12/2012 Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria and Patriarch of Saint Mark Diocese on the advent of Christmas.
Gomaa also sent greeting cables to Archbishop of the Evangelical Church Safwat el-Bayadi and Patriarch of the Coptic Catholic Church Antonios Naguib wishing them a merry Christmas.
The Vatican's ambassador in Cairo received a similar cable from the mufti.
Gomaa hoped the holidays would be a good chance to promote peace on earth and to unite Egyptians.
Egypt State Information Service