Developments of Christianity in the Arab world

18. AWR Daily Overview, March 14, 2013: Asyut bids farewell to Christian torture victim in Libya with rousing funeral

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18. AWR Daily Overview, March 14, 2013: Asyut bids farewell to Christian torture victim in Libya with rousing funeral
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March 14, 2013
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Diana Maher Ghali
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Hundreds of Copts in Egypt from the three main Christian denominations in Egypt (Coptic Evangelical, Orthodox, and Catholic) attended the rousing funeral of ‘Izzat Hakīm ‘Atāllah, a Coptic Evangelical living in Libya (Tāriq ‘Abd al-Jalīl and Peter Majdī, al-Tahrīr, Mar. 14, p. 8). Read original text in Arabic.

13. AWR Daily Overview, March 13, 2013: Muslim Brotherhood and Salafists didn’t attend Catholic Patriarch installation

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13. AWR Daily Overview, March 13, 2013: Muslim Brotherhood and Salafists didn’t attend Catholic Patriarch installation
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March 13, 2013
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Diana Maher Ghali
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The Coptic Catholic Church installation ceremony for Patriarch Ibrāhīm Ishāq, took place at Virgin Mary Church in Nasr City on March 12, 2013. 2,000 Copts and a number of public figures and state officials attended, however, there were not any representatives from the Muslim Brotherhood or Salafists (‘Abd al-Wahāb Sha’bān, al-Wafd, Mar. 13, p. 4). Read original text in Arabic. 

31. AWR Daily Overview, February 28, 2013: Differences within the Church over how to approach the upcoming parliamentary election

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31. AWR Daily Overview, February 28, 2013: Differences within the Church over how to approach the upcoming parliamentary election
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February 28, 2013
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Aidan Mascarenhas Keyes
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Differing opinions between Coptic movements and activists over the upcoming parliamentary elections have recently come to light. The official position of the Church is not to interfere in the electoral decisions of Copts, whereas activists and the Coptic Movement are united in calling for a boycott. Father Yuhannā Qultah, Deputy Patriarch of the Coptic Catholic Church, stated that the elections will put the future of Egypt in the hands of the Egyptians, and rejected the boycott. However he also called for guarantees from the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) that the elections be free and fair. Archpriest Mattá Sawirus says that the Church should not get involved in politics and that participation in the election is a form of freedom of expression. Moreover, he reaffirmed the lack of links between the Church and organizations that support the recent civil disobedience (Rānīyā Nabīl, al-Sabāh, Feb. 28, p. 3). Read original text in Arabic.

24. AWR Daily Overview, February 22, 2013: Copts demand trial of Abū Islām for disdaining Christianity

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24. AWR Daily Overview, February 22, 2013: Copts demand trial of Abū Islām for disdaining Christianity
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February 22, 2013
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Diana Maher Ghali
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Abū Islām’s controversial statements about Coptic Christians and women who go to Tahrir Square have drawn calls for his prosecution by the Public Prosecutor. Abū Islām has described the late Coptic Orthodox Pope Shenouda III as the “symbol of infidelity” and “the greatest enemy of Egyptian Islam”. Additionally called the current Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II as “evil” (Rānīyā Nabīl, al-Sabāh, Feb. 22, p. 3). Read original text in Arabic.

24. AWR Daily Overview, March 17, 2013: Church is concerned for Copts in Libya

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24. AWR Daily Overview, March 17, 2013: Church is concerned for Copts in Libya
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March 17, 2013
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Quinta Smit
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Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II voiced his concern over the situation of Copts in Libya after a Coptic Church was attacked in Benghazi. According to the Pope, the attack was a response to the protests held by Copts outside the Libyan embassy in Cairo and the “alleged” burning of a Libyan flag (Sahar Dīyā’ al-Dīn and ‘Abd al-Wahāb Sha'bān, al-Wafd, Mar. 17, p. 2).  Read original text in Arabic.

9. AWR Daily Overview, March 12, 2013: Fact-finding Committee for tortured Egyptian Christians in Libya

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9. AWR Daily Overview, March 12, 2013: Fact-finding Committee for tortured Egyptian Christians in Libya
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March 12, 2013
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Quinta Smit
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The Shūrá Council discussed Egypt’s relations with Libya and Sudan and the crisis faced by Coptic Egyptians in Libya. A fact-finding commission will be formed to put an end to the strenuous conditions faced by Egyptians in a number of countries, including Libya. A second committee will also be formed in order to communicate instances of torture of Egyptian Christians abroad with their respective embassies in Cairo (Walā’ Ni'matallah, Hibah Amīn and Muhammad Hamdī, al-Watan, March 12, p. 9). Read original text in Arabic

13. AWR Daily Overview, February 21, 2013: Protests after Pope’s remarks against disobedience

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13. AWR Daily Overview, February 21, 2013: Protests after Pope’s remarks against disobedience
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February 21, 2013
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Quinta Smit
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A group of Coptic youth gathered outside the Saint Mark Cathedral in al-'Abbāsīyah and held 30 minutes of silence to protest against the Church leaders’ decision to intervene in politics. In a statement published by the Associated Press, Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II allegedly said that he rejected civil disobedience and that President Mursī had to be given a chance ('Imād Khalīl, al-Misrī al-Yawm, Feb. 21, p. 7). Read original text in Arabic.

14. Personal Reflections on Patriarch Ibrahim Sedrak of Alexandria for Coptic Catholics

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14. Personal Reflections on Patriarch Ibrahim Sedrak of Alexandria for Coptic Catholics
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March 14, 2013
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Douglas May
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Douglas May is an American Catholic priest who works with CIDT. Between 1984 and 2007, Doug worked for 10 years as a member of the formation-education team at St. Leo the Great Coptic Catholic Seminary located in the Maadi suburb of Cairo, Egypt. Doug reflects on his 23-year friendship with the newly installed Patriarch of the Coptic Catholic Church, Ibrahim Sedrak, who was rector of the seminary for 10 years and Coptic Catholic Bishop of Minya in Upper Egypt for 10 years. Doug describes Patriarch Ibrahim as a man who is warm, compassionate and “down-to-earth” which are positive traits needed by religious leaders regardless of faith or denomination.

 

Patriarch Ibrahim being confirmed as Patriarch of Alexandria for Coptic Catholics by his fellow bishops.

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11. AWR Daily Overview, March 5, 2013: Coptic woman disappears in Minya hours after solving Kom Ombo girl crisis

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11. AWR Daily Overview, March 5, 2013: Coptic woman disappears in Minya hours after solving Kom Ombo girl crisis
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March 5, 2013
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Quinta Smit
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Immediately after solving the crisis of the "alleged" disappearance of the girl from Kom Ombo (Aswan Governorate), a similar crisis appeared in Mallawī of Samallūt Township in al-Minya Governorate. Head of al-Minya Security Department Ahmad Sulaymān received a notification from the police station in Samāllūt that a 48-years-old carpenter, Amīr Khalīl Kāmil, had filed a complaint about his missing sister, Nādīyah Khalīl. Nādīyah, 26-years-old, is a housewife married to Malāk Kamāl, who works in Kuweit. Amīr did not accuse anyone, but the officers on the case detected that she had converted to Islam at the Azhar and that she had changed her name to Imān Khalīl Kāmil Khalīl (Muhammad al-Zahrāwī and ‘Awad Salīm, al-Tahrīr, March 5, p. 11). Read original text in Arabic.

39. AWR Daily Overview, March 11, 2013: Protesters burn Christian homes in Pakistan

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39. AWR Daily Overview, March 11, 2013: Protesters burn Christian homes in Pakistan
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March 11, 2013
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Diana Maher Ghali
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Al-Misrīyūn translated Agence France-Presse’s article entitled“Protesters burn Christian homes in Pakistan“about Christian houses burned by Muslim protesters in Pakistan.

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