Streets that will be used by the pontiff’s motorcade around the Coptic Orthodox cathedral and the Vatican Embassy were cleared of cars, and police swarmed the upscale Cairo neighborhood of Zamalek on a Nile River island where Francis was scheduled to sleep on Friday. His meeting with Egypt’s President el-Sisi and the Grand Imam Sheik el-Tayeb was an attempt to promote peace and protection for Egypt’s 9 million Christians living under assault in the largest Muslim country of the Arab world. The pope also spoke at a peace conference hosted by Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, the grand imam of Al Azhar mosque, and met with the Coptic patriarch, Pope Tawadros II. “Demagogic forms of populism are on the rise. These certainly do not help to consolidate peace and stability,” Pope Francis said addressing from Cairo the worlds powers. The Pontiff will fearlessly celebrate an open-air mass on Saturday in Cairo.