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The Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazine initially wanted to interview a Catholic Christian family in the Upper Egyptian governorate of Minia about their preparations for Christmas in November 2013. Tensions were still running deep in Egypt after extremists had destroyed tens of churches in Egypt,...
Since January 2014 I am the Editor of the Maadi Messenger in Cairo Egypt. The Maadi Messenger is distributed to 4000 people, mainly expatriates, in Cairo. One of my first articles for the Maadi Messenger was about Christians in Shubra, see: http://www.maadimessenger.com/
On February 21, 2014, Hala Shukrallah made history. As a Copt and as a woman, she won the internal elections for leadership in the Constitution Party, founded by Muhammad al-Barād’ī in April 2012. The party quickly won the support and membership of many youth, inspired by the goals and principles...
By appearances, the Coptic Orthodox Church is doing everything wrong. But appearances can be deceiving; officially, they are doing everything right. But there is a messy in-between which casts doubt on it all. As convoluted as Egypt’s post-June 30 transition has been following the popular deposing...
Visitors to the Monastery of St. Dimyana for the festival of St. Dimyana receive a first-hand look into the dynamics of a popular religious celebration and the lives of the nuns of the monastery.
  Dr. Enan Galaly, having the Knight of Dannebrog title bestowed by Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, Ambassador of Historical Relations between Denmark and the Middle East and chairman of the Advisory Council for the International Association of University Presidents worldwide, and...
The discussion about the electoral law for the papal election in the Coptic Orthodox Church has been raging for many decades since 1957. When Pope Yusab II passed away, leading members of the Sunday School Movement, a reform movement in the church, entered monastic life and presented themselves as...
In April 2013, U.S.-Austrian photographer and filmmaker Norbert Schiller, U.S. filmmaker Dana Smillie, and I visited locations of the Holy Family in Upper Egypt that we had previously visited for the preparation of the book Be Thou There; the Holy Family’s Journey in Egypt (AUC Press, 2001)....
The author is writing about the changes to the 1957 election law for electing the Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church.
The author, a columnist in al-Watan newspaper, reproaches Pope Tawadros for requesting Copts to give a “yes” vote in the referendum. 
On Friday, November 29, an article appeared in al-Fath, an independent Salafī newspaper, written by reporters Tāriq Bahgat and Walīd Mansūr. [1] The article reports on the discussion that took place between Bishop Bola, the representative of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the Constituent Assembly,...
Pope Tawadros II, the Patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church, sent messages of congratulations to Coptic churches on the occasion of New Year celebrations. He said, ‘May the Messiah fill the New Year with blessings of love and peace’. His Holiness also sent a delegation to express his...
[This interview took place in English and was recorded. Editorial notes have been made between brackets to clarify some statements. The interview was transcribed by Esther Schoorel and edited by Douglas May and Cornelis Hulsman.]
A fact-finding commission set up by the National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) that recently visited Rafah said Christian families residing in the border city are facing constant threat that overruns their right to live. [Mahmūd Hassūnah, al-Watan, Oct. 26, p. 1] Read original text in Arabic
The seclusion of Copts ended with the election of Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II.  Thereafter the question is: Why and how?
Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros postponed his return from Vienna until Tuesday (June 4) instead of Sunday (June 2) due to the extended length of the pastoral Conference in Vienna. Pope Tawadros is scheduled to meet the members of the Coptic Orthodox Holy Synod on June 20 to discuss the amendment of...
The Coptic Orthodox Church celebrated yesterday (June 1) the memory of the journey of the Holy Family to Egypt. The Church held the service at Abū Sirjah Church in  in Old Cairo. The ceremony was attended by several political figures, including ‘Amr Mūsá, leader of the Conference party, as well as...
Repeatedly we hear of reports that Muslims are attacking Christians. One such recent report is a clash in Alexandria in which one Christian died from a heart attack.  “A fight started between two young men, one Copt and the other Muslim, when the Copt allegedly sexually harassed the latter's...
Public Prosecutor Counselor Tal’at ‘Abdullah assigned the First Attorney General of Luxor Prosecution to investigate the report against Dimīyānah ’Ubayd, teacher of social studies in al-Shaykh Sultan School in Luxor Governorate, accusing her of discrediting Prophet Muhammad and proselytizing...
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