After removing Pope Tawadros II ban on visiting Israel a number of Coptic pilgrims in Jerusalem continues to grow steadily.
Especially it was promoted by a personal visit of Theodore II to Jerusalem to attend the Jerusalem funeral of the Coptic Archbishop Abraham.
According to «Haaretz», this year on Holy Saturday in Jerusalem from Egypt came about 6 thousands of Coptic pilgrims. For comparison, in 2015, for the holidays Jerusalem was visited by only about 1,200 of Coptic pilgrims. It is to be noted that most of them did not spend the night in Jerusalem, but in Bethlehem, in the territory of the Palestinian authority.
Peak week-long pilgrimage will become Light on Saturday, when the Church of the Holy sepulchre is Holy fire. To observe this event in Jerusalem arrive each year tens of thousands of pilgrims, representing all the Orthodox churches.
The Ministry of tourism of Israel places in various parts of Jerusalem, plasma screens to allow you to observe the worship and wonder of the pilgrims, who were unable to go to the Temple. This year the Order of St. Lazarus for the first time will install similar screens in Bethlehem.