The sad events that lately took place in the Cathedral, where the mortal remains [relics] of the Apostle Mark lay, triggered memories and melancholy. [The sad events refer to the issue of Wafā’ Costantine]
The mortal remains of Mark the Apostle remained in the hands of Egyptian Christians from his martyrdom in his church in Bolkāq, Alexandria, since the year 68 until 450 AD. At that time, the Byzantines took over the church in Bolkāq [the Council of Chalcedon took place in 451, in Egypt dividing the church between the Byzantine Orthodox, loyal to the emperor, and the Egyptian or Coptic Orthodox Church].
The body of Mark remained in the church through the Byzantine rule until the year 815 AD.
During the period of Pope Kyrillos VI, Pope Paul VI agreed to Pope Kyrillos’s demand to return the body back to its home in Egypt. Pope Kyrillos sent an official delegation to Rome to receive the body from Pope Paul VI. At the airport [June 22, 1968], the body of Mark was received by Pope Kyrillos as well as many archbishops and bishops.