A distinguished cultural evening was held in Fassouta to launch two
books that were published by Al-Liqa’:
“Christian Presence in the Arab East: Past, Present and
Future” by Fr. Dr. Rafiq Khoury
“Book of Evidence on Confirming Faith” Sophronius Patriarch
of Jerusalem, His life, Works and Omar’s Covenant, by Dr. Geries S.
The Parish priest Fr. Mikhael ‘Assi, welcomed all those attending
this distinguished evening and introduced Fr. Rafiq and Dr. Geries.
Those attending the cultural events were impressed and the authors
stressed the dire need to examine further Christian roots in the
Both authors stressed the need to know each other and to be open for
a sincere dialogue and for knowing the others faith and religious
heritage. They also spoke about the religious discourse and the
urgency to add materials at the curriculum in our schools on Arab
Christians and their rich cultural contribution.