I'm sure most on here are aware of the upcoming meeting between Pope Tawadros & Pope Francis. I know in the past Pope Tawadros has hinted that he would like to be on the same calendar as all Christians.
My questions is, what are the odds that the Coptic Church would ever try and enter into communion with the Roman Church? Given that Copts would have to acceot infallibility of the Roman pope, do you ever think this would happen? Would it be met with a push-back from the Coptic clergy and laity?
I also strongly believe that Russia, China, Egypt and Syria will play a great role, all politics aside. I know there are the political junkies out there who would disagree who can't seem to separate political figures with the current miraculous revival taking place in Russia but if current trends hold true, then it is inevitable the world will be schismed among ideological lines that will manifest most definitely along political ones too. These ideological lines are simple as I see it. The west ("I" culture) vs the East(Collectivism, traditional culture). The gaps are already appearing. Russia is attempting to resist what has been the zeitgiest of the past 50 years. It's near destruction under communism has awakened it to that reality.
Egypt also, will play a great role as I see it. The Coptic Orthodox church is currently adding to it synaxariun in a way not seen since the early Roman emperors. The persecution is mounting but to the detriment of Her enemies, ironically. There are estimates of thousands of orthodox converts in Egypt being added to the church with many fleeing to countries like Lebanon to get baptized because it's the only muslim country (as I'm aware) to allow conversions form Islam to Christianity without punishment. I know several former Muslims in my church who were baptized Coptic Orthodox in Lebanon and in monasteries before leaving for the west.
China, too, as I see it will not remain stagnant. More and more we see it leaning toward allying with Russia, the general Christian world, and middle eastern resistors like Syria. China time and again in the united nations has voted for motions preserving family values and traditional world views, much to the confusion of many because of its communist driven ideology. God is working and it seems China sees itself as having to choose a side because ideological struggles are what will shape the world of the future. People fight and die for ideology. This is the siren call of people these days. Whether good or bad philosophy, everyone is fighting for their own world view and Christians will come to realize it is the world vs them.
Apologies from detracting from the OP. It just got me thinking that unity in the small matters that we're thinking of now may not happen, although it would be welcomed most definitely.