Thank you for posting some useful comments.Although the relationship with the Catholic Church did rather grow cool after they signed an agreement with the Assyrian Church of the East, nevertheless it has continued and become more frutiful in recent decades, and is now carried out by all of our Oriental Orthodox Churches together in dialogue with the Roman Catholic Church, just as all of our Orthodox Churches carry out a joint dialogue with the Byzantine Churches.Let me repost again a statement from the 'The Principles for Guiding the Search for Unity between the Catholic Church and the Coptic Orthodox Church', the following statements were agreed.We are two Apostolic Churches in which, by virtue of the Apostolic succession we possess the full sacramental life, particularly the Eucharist, even if Eucharistic communion has not yet been achieved between us in so far as we have not completely resolved the divergences among us.This does seem to me to speak very clearly of some degree of mutual recognition of a genuine sacramental life in each community. Certainly in the distant past the sacraments of the Catholics WERE accepted by our Orthodox Church, since they were considered the same as the Byzantine community in terms of relations with us. It is at some point in the intervening centuries that a greater distance developed - not least because for centuries it must have been unknown and almost impossible for a Roman Catholic to ever visit Egypt, though in fact in 1442 a Coptic delegation attended the Western Council of Florence, and it seems for a hundred and fifty years or so there was a loose contact between the Coptic and Roman Churches, which could well be studied further. My guess is that the most recent attitudes towards the Roman Catholics developed as a result of their proselytism among Copts and their setting up a separate Church in Egypt. This would naturally be seen as an hostile and un-Churchly act.Father Peter
Pardon my thick headedness, Minagir, but I didn't understand why this was a miracle. Could you explain at length please. Sounds intriguing.