Cairo, Egypt, Jun 25, 2012 / 23:34 pm
The victory speech of newly elected Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi has encouraged Coptic Catholic Bishop Joannes Zakaria of Luxor, who expressed optimism about the future despite others' concerns.
"Once people listened to Mr Morsi's speech, they were not worried. Things are calmer. The people are waiting to see what he can do in the future," he told Aid to the Church in Need.
The bishop said Christians hope he will honor his promises.
While the Muslim Brotherhood has not lived up to its promises in the past, the bishop said that when a political party is in power with the responsibility of government, it faces a "very different" situation.
He added that the narrow margin of Morsi's victory means that he will not wish to alienate those who voted for his rival.