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BA Strike and BOC Pilgrimage to Egypt

The announcement that Unite, the trade union for British Airways (BA) cabin crew, will be striking during May and June will cause some disruption to the Egyptian Pilgrimage led by Abba Seraphim 16-24 May. As the industrial action is scheduled to start on 18 May the party will have no difficulty in getting to Cairo, the problems will be when they are due to return home on 24 May. “We hope that the strike may yet be averted”, said Abba Seraphim, “but if it goes ahead there is still a chance that BA may be able to maintain some of its flights or arrange for us to come home with alternative carriers.” Although half of the group had visited Egypt before, all are very anxious to receive the blessing of visiting the saints and shrines of the Mother Church and to celebrate the Pentecost Feast in Cairo. “Over the past years a large number of British Orthodox and their friends have visited the Church in Egypt and to be able to maintain the contact with our spiritual roots is a very important part of our life. It is too important to be missed but we shall, of course, be praying that peace may come to the troubled relations between BA and their staff.”

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