Developments in Christianity in the Arab World

Speaking in an interview, Pope Tawadros said “we will not accept civil marriage in exchange for marriage in the church, in accordance with Coptic Personal Status Laws.” He added that even though the state accepts it, the church would never approve it. He also spoke about elections inside the...
 Hānī ʿIzzat, a coordinator with the Union of Personal Status Law Victims, said that rule 38 does not violate the precepts of the gospel as some have said. ʿIzzat added that rule 38 utilizes 7 justifications for divorce from the ʿIzzat gospel, saying that rule 38 had been in effect from 1938 until...
 In the first challenge to Pope Tawadros’ resolution restricting Egyptian Christians’ travel to Jerusalem for Easter celebrations, a number of pilgrims began the pilgrimage across Jordan heading toward Jerusalem. The Copts said that they did not regret making the decision to make the pilgrimage,...
The Egyptian Church urges Copts to return from Libya In an official statement on Facebook, the Church raised its concerns about the situation Libya and called its members and all Egyptians to return to Egypt, where they will be taken care of. (23 March 2015, Al-Watan, Mustafā Ruhūma) Read original...
When Father Boulos Halīm, the spokesperson of the Orthodox Church was asked about the Maspero Youth Union and its criticism of the church, Halīm said that the church will not sue whoever criticizes it and that the church only cares about the interests of Egypt. Halīm added that the only way to...
For the second year, Copts of Al-Mīnyā pray in a burned down church For the second year in a row, Copts of Al-Minyā governorate in Upper Egypt conducted Epiphany prayers in Bishop Mūsā Church, which was attacked in 2013 during the pro-Mursī riots. The renovation process is still taking place but...
Coptic individuals and organizations are preparing for the initiation of the first conference on “Citizenship rights of Coptic Egyptians” Coptic organizations and individuals are preparing for the initiation of a conference that will focus on citizenship rights for Coptic Egyptians. The group...
Rāmi Iskandar, a 38-year-old Evangelical Christian, spent most of his thirties going from one court to the next, looking to get a divorce.
“People talk about human rights, but what about God’s rights?” said Pope Tawadros in his sermon on the eve of Coptic Christmas on 6 January. These words, and most others in the same sermon rang hollow, as I recalled the opening lines of chapter thirteen in the book of Corinthians: “If I speak in...
The Pope of Ethiopia: the Renaissance Dam will not harm Egypt Pope Matyāof Ethiopia thanked Pope Tawadros for his invitation to visit Egypt and reiterated his belief in the necessity of developing the relationship between the two parishes. Pope Matyā assured Pope Tawadros that all of the impact...

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