A German group visited the route of the Holy Family in Egypt as part of a wider tour throughout Egypt. The group was welcomed by Bishop Aghathon of Maghagha. The bishop thanked the Egyptian president for caring about places of tourism. He also stressed the good relations between Muslims and Christians.
The article is the result of a RNSAW-trip to Upper Egypt [RNSAW, 2002, week 25, art. 1] and sheds light upon the celebration of the commemoration of the Holy Family´s arrival in Egypt and on the different villages and sites on the route of the Holy Family. Bishop Demetrius of Mallawi said that Egypt takes pride in the fact that this is the only country to have the distinct honor of hosting the Holy Family.
19. Anger following the death of three Christians near Taha al-‘Ameda, Egypt
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A priest and two members of the church board of Taha al-‘Ameda died after an accident with a speeding car driven by a police officer in the early hours of Sunday May 2.
Problems started after six meters of a poorly built fence the old Mar Mina church in Taha al-‘Ameda collapsed because of a strong wind. Local Christians wanted to restore this immediately. Officer Ahmad Kelani wanted to the priest and members of the church to the police station to file a police report for illegal construction of the fense. The officer drove the car. The truck plunged in the canal and killed father Mikhael and two members of the church council, while the officer was able to save his life. Two other members of the church council were badly injured.