15. I respect this man

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I’ve always been respecting this man ever since I got to know him for the first time in the summer of 1989. Our relations gradually grew stronger that I feel honored to have been introduced to him.

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The man is first-class patriot and is characterized by an utmost decree of tolerance and acceptance of persons who extremely differ with his personal opinions.

Some have tried to attack him by promoting that he has Protestant inclinations based on his family’s affiliation. He, however, emphasized during an interview to al-Misrī al-Yawm newspaper on April 27, 2008 that all his family members were Protestants but they all converted to Orthodoxy more than 50 years ago.

This bishop manifests a special case among all bishops of the Egyptian church, mainly because he is appreciated by all parties and enjoys extreme popularity within the church, particularly by the youths who are eager to hear him talk and even repeat his ideas in meetings and symposiums.

He also boasts distinct attitude in journalists and intellectuals’ circles outside the church thanks to his direct communication with them and his courtesy.

He represents a flexible moderate ideology that accepts other opinions. He offers a model of a clergyman that is keen on being aware of what is going on around him and in the same time realizes very well the religious and patriotic role he must play by adeptly walking a tightrope between religion and national issues.

As far as I remember, I think he was the first ever to call on Egyptian Christian youths inside churches to participate in public issues through symposiums and conferences. He has invited many symbols of intellect in the nation to come to the church for public discussions like Rif’at al-Sa’īd, Tāriq al-Bishrī, Muhammad Salīm al-‘Awā, Nabīl ‘Alī and Muhammad ‘Afīfī.

He managed to contribute to defusing many sectarian crises and tension either by calming things down to reach common solutions or by use of information in discussions away from any exaggerating or belittling facts.

He is Bishop Mūsá of Youths, a different man who is worthy of all appreciation and praise and who declined to be nominated for post of Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church in succession of Pope Shenouda III.

Although he was recommended and supported by many for such an honorable post, Bishop Mūsá refused the nomination out of respect for himself and his age and also out of profound respect for the church.

Bishop Mūsá only wanted to give the new pope a chance to bring the church to cope with the fast-paced changes sweeping the Egyptian society.

I, as an eyewitness, have seen him turning down a lot of pressures to dissuade him from his decision and get him to agree to run for the papal chair of Saint Mark.

He is really a different man whom I find myself compelled to write about him and definitely say that I really respect him.

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