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Copts challenge the church by going to Jerusalem

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April 6, 2015
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Īslām ‘Abās
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Copts challenge the church by going to Jerusalem  

Channel One in Israel mentioned that 600 Egyptian Copts when to Jerusalem last Sunday to celebrate Easter in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. An official at the Cairo International Airport added that in the past few days, over 2000 Copts have made the journey.

(6 April 2015, Tahrīr News, Īslām ‘Abās)

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Copts Resort to Changing Sect When Traveling to Jerusalem

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April 6, 2015
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Āhamad Man’am
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Copts Resort to Changing Sect When Traveling to Jerusalem

Since 1971, Copts have not been officially allowed to enter Jerusalem, as Pope Shanūda the Third has prohibited pilgrimages to the City until the Copt’s “Muslim brothers” are allowed to enter as well. This decision has not stopped many Copts from acquiring travel documents from the Evangelical Church and traveling to Jerusalem with a different religious identity. Copts who have undertaken this trip and are identified by the Church were denied Communion; however, at least some of these decisions have been overturned. This practice remains a common occurrence with many tourism companies in Egypt profiting from the pilgrimages.

(6 April 2015, Misr al-Yūm, Āhamad Man’am)

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Weekly Press Summary, Week 46 (12 Nov. - 18 Nov. 2014)

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Weekly Press Summary, Week 46 (12 Nov. - 18 Nov. 2014)
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November 18, 2014
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Aliki Efthimiou and Robert Forster
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 5. Jewish extremist groups gather for march around the Aqsa Mosque Sunday 

 Sources within the Muslim Brotherhood said that several administrative offices have been assigned in various parts of the country to mobilize large numbers of people to participate in the events of 28 November next. The group invited the Salafist group called "Muslim uprising" to their event indicating that they would not announce it officially to avoid consequential reactions by the state and society in the case of the use of force against the state. The sources added that there is a disagreement between organization’s leaders abroad about the official announcement on whether to participate. Sources said that there are many people within the group who rejected the invitation itself because it may transform Egypt to another Syria or Libya. (Sayyid ʿAlī & Yāssir ʿAlī, al-Masrī al-Yawm, 12 November 2014)

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61. Remembering Dr. Heleen van der Meulen-Duhm: A life full of encouragement

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61. Remembering Dr. Heleen van der Meulen-Duhm: A life full of encouragement
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December 31, 2011
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Cornelis Hulsman
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Previously, I have written in Arab-West Report about people who have influenced me, such as former Dutch Consul-General to Saudi Arabia, Daniel van der Meulen (1894–1989), who stimulated my interest in the Arab world and Muslim-Christian relations. Syrian-Orthodox Bishop, Samuel Aktash of the Tur Abdin in Turkey showed me in the mid-eighties the damage caused by oriental Christians leaving their homelands, a theme repeated by HRH Prince Hassan bin-Talal in an interview he gave me in 2008 for Christianity Today. Also, Dr. Otto F.A. Meinardus (1925–2005), Egyptian thinker Dr. William Qilada (1924–1999), and Bishop Athanasius, Metropolitan of Beni Suef (1923–2000) influenced my outlook on Coptic Christianity and traditions. In this article I would like to highlight the life of Mrs. Helene Marie van der Meulen-Duhm, widow of Daniel van der Meulen. I much appreciate that Prof. Bernd van der Meulen, looked at the draft text and added information for this article.

21. Peres and Egyptian deputy ambassador break fast together

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21. Peres and Egyptian deputy ambassador break fast together
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August 23, 2011
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Eleanor Swingewood
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Hours after the killing of Egyptian soldier by Israeli forces, the Egyptian deputy ambassador to Israel took iftar at Israeli President Shimon Peres' house in Jerusalem.  The Egyptian ambassador, Yasser Reda, had declined the invitation. Peres expressed his regrets at the death of Egyptian citizens, and said he hoped the issue could be resolved in a way acceptable to Egypt.
 

29. Pope Approves Coptic Visits to Jerusalem if for Work

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29. Pope Approves Coptic Visits to Jerusalem if for Work
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Date of source: 
January 21, 2011
Author: 
Wafā’ Shi'irah, Michael ‘Ādil, Yūsuf Rāmiz
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Hānī H&#803amdī
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Pope Shenouda has granted permission for a Coptic youth to travel to Israel, provided the visit is work related, according to Rose al-Yūsuf.
 
“There is no problem with normalization with the Palestinians,” said the pope, “Work does not mean violation of the Church’s decision.”
 
Pope Shenouda has a long-standing position of not sanctioning any visits to Jerusalem by Copts, as this would be perceived as normalization with the state of Israel, who the pope views as mistreating Palestinians.
 
However, al-Shurūq al-Jadīd’s report on the same topic says that Pope Shenouda only sanctioned the work-related visit to the city of Jerusalem.
 
A third report in al-Miṣrī al-Yawm said the youth had asked for permission to be employed in a monastery in Jerusalem. According to the paper, the pope approved the visit; so long as it "was for work and not for normalization with the Jews.”
 
The pope made his statements at the Coptic cathedral in ‘Abbāsiyyah during his first weekly address since returning from his trip to the United States for medical treatment.
 

Security at the meeting was so tight and extensive that even bishops and their cars were searched before entering the facility.

15. Plan for More Houses in East Jerusalem

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14. Plan for More Houses in East Jerusalem
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January 17, 2011
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The article at hand reports on the Israeli proposal to build 1,400 new apartments in the contested eastern half of Jerusalem. The proposal’s implementation would not only enrage Palestinians, but could also aggravate the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. However, in pointing out that the proposal still needs to be approved at the national level, Israeli councilman Meir Margalit doubts that the apartments in question will be constructed anytime soon.

22. Cardinal Najīb: Politicizing Religion is not Acceptable

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22. Cardinal Najīb: Politicizing Religion is not Acceptable
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Date of source: 
January 1, 2011
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Maryīm Tawfīq
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Cardinal Antonius Najīb, Coptic Catholic Patriarch of Alexandria, talks in this interview with al-Wafd about various current issues facing Egypt.

Regarding the recent debate on divorce and remarriage Najīb said, “Marriage is sacrament built on unity between one man and one woman who will not separate, as long as marriage is built on the right basis."

Dealing with the recent and upcoming elections in Egypt, the Cardinal claims that the majority Muslim population would never vote for a minority Coptic candidate. "Logically, they will vote for the majority. Appointing a fixed parliamentary quota could be a solution,” he said.

Cardinal Najīb is also looking forward to the implementation of a unified law for building places of worship. Further, he believes that politicizing religion and relying on religious rule is unacceptable, whether in Egypt or internationally.

He related the recent Egyptian sectarian violence to a lack of tolerance, dialogue, and social participation. Commenting on recent threats from extremists to Egyptian Copts, “Al-Qā‘idah lacked a reason for this inhuman massacre [referring to the October, 2010 attack on Sayyidat al-Najāh church in Baghdad],”  thanking the Interior Minister and the Azhar for their recent statements deploring the threats.

Finally, Cardinal Najīb also called on global institutions to interfere in solving the Israeli / Palestinian conflict.

33. Endowments Ministry: We Are not Going to Mix <i>Du‘ā’</i> and Politics

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33. Endowments Ministry: We Are not Going to Mix <i>Du‘ā’</i> and Politics
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Date of source: 
December 27, 2010
Author: 
Ashraf Abū al-Rīsh
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Shaykh Sālim ‘Abd al-Jalīl, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Endowments, has told shaykhs to not pray for President Mubārak on Friday, saying that it is inappropriate to mix Du‘ā’ and politics together.

Various media have revealed that the Ministry of Endowments previously asked shaykhs and mosque leaders to pray for Mubārak on Friday because of the upcoming presidential elections.

"Sharī‘ah commands praying for the leader of the people, but it requires that one do so without orders from anyone," ‘Abd al-Jalīl explained.

Meanwhile, Endowments Minister Hamdǐ Zaqzūq plans to hold a meeting to discuss the ongoing peace negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis.

Dr. Muhammad al-Shahhāt, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, condemns Israeli plans to dig underneath the al-Aqsá mosque, saying that it willundermine the mosque's structural integrity, causing it to collapse.

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