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Ahmad al-Sayyed al-Najjār, chairman of Al-Ahrām Foundation, condemned recent clashes between Muslims and Copts in Minya Governorate. Al-Najjār wrote on the social networking site facebook: "The Minya incident is a scourge of mankind that plagues Egypt with sectarian backwardness, demagoguery, of...
Meanwhile, Muftī of the Republic Shaykh 'Alī Jum'ah said Egyptians in general are religious and that explains why they chose that religion should have a role to play in public affairs, but this should not a source of concern for the people inside Egypt or the world   "Under no circumstances should...
Under the slogan "A Patriotic Meeting to Restore Egyptian Spirit," Shaykh Tayyīb will preside over a meeting to be attended by Coptic Orthodox Pope Shenouda III at the Azhar office on Wednesday (January 11).   The meeting, to be attended by a host of Azhar scholars, priests, intellectuals and...
Informed sources at the Coptic Orthodox Church said the cabinet is considering the equalization of the victims of the January 2010 bombing attacks on the Two Saints Church in Alexandria to the January 25 revolution victims after the same thing was applied to the October 9 clashes off the Egyptian...
On the other hand, Coptic Orthodox Pope Shenouda III said the keenness shown by Islamist groups to express feelings of endearment for Copts over the Christmas celebrations only affirm that there is still good prevailing in Egypt.   “All those calls of division and disruption of unity among...
Meanwhile, the Cairo Court of Appeal set the Būlāq Abū al-‘Ilā Court of Misdemeanor to look into the lawsuit accusing Coptic business magnate Najīb Sawirus of disdaining religions and defaming Islam for publishing anti-Islam cartoons on the Internet.   Mamdūh Ismā’īl, a member of Egyptian Bar...
Meanwhile, the Maspero Youth Union objected the excesses that took place during the Coptic Orthodox Christmas at Saint Mark Cathedral in the Cairo district of al-'Abbāssīyah, criticizing the reactions by the cathedral's security personnel against young Copts who objected to Pope Shenouda III's...
Dr. Moná Makram 'Ubayd, a professor of political science, said there have been changes for Copts since the January 25 revolution like the Copts' first ever intensive participation in politics after a long period of isolation.   "The other positive thing for Copts is that they now can protest...
In the presence of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) to the feast Mass, churches specified the subject of their sermons to talk about "monotheism" which raised controversy that the priests are trying to send a message to the MB and deny that Christians are polytheists. [Yūsuf Rāmiz, al-Shurūq al-Jadīd,...
Last week, there was a fierce competition for the post of mayor of London, between an English Conservative candidate and another English candidate of Indian Muslim descent from the part that became Pakistan today. He enjoys a large popularity, and was elected by a wide margin in the votes against...
Thousands of Copts and Muslims have flocked to the Damīāna village in Daqahliyya on Wednesday to celebrate the St. Damīāna feast, which is held on May 12 to 30 every year.
  Ihāb 'Ādil Ramzī, a Copt who won an individual seat in the People's Assembly elections on the list of the Freedom Party in the first constituency North of al-Minya, denied that his victory was helped by only Coptic votes or that the church has contributed to his win.   "Coptic votes alone would...
Prime Minister Dr. Kamāl al-Janzūrī visited Pope Shenouda on the festive day (January 7) in the afternoon to greet him over the Coptic Christmas. For his part, Michael Louis Fitzgerald, the Vatican's Nuncio, greeted the pope and conveyed a congratulatory message to him from Pope Benedict XVI. [...
Meanwhile, Yusrī Hammād, the media spokesman for the Salafī al-Nūr (Light) Party, said the party refuses to participate in the Coptic Orthodox Church’s celebrations of the Christmas Mass, adding the party has not even received an invitation from the cathedral. “Muslims should not participate in...
Speaking on the occasion, Pope Shenouda said, “I congratulate you on the start of a new era and the glorious Christmas that coincides with alarming atmosphere in which the people are wondering where Egypt is going. I would say that Egypt is definitely going to good prospects and blessings. I am...
Egypt’s Christians are celebrating Saturday the Coptic Christmas as the Saint Mark Cathedral in the Cairo district of al-‘Abbāssīyah reserved the front row for the representatives of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), ministers, presidential candidates and leaders of political parties...
Meanwhile, Dr. Yūsuf al-Qaradāwī, Chairman of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS), said the results of the third round of Egypt’s People’s Assembly (parliament) elections reflect the supremacy of Islamists, led by the Muslim Brotherhood group and the Salafīs. Speaking in a Friday...
Dr. Yāsir Burhāmī, the deputy head of the Salafī Da’wah (Call) Movement, said fears about Islamists’ winning nearly one-quarter of seats in the coming parliament despite a relentless campaign against them as “illusion” made by “liberal mass media through lies in order to curb their presence in...
Lt. General Sāmī ‘Anān, SCAF deputy chief and Chief of Staff of the armed forces, led the council’s delegation to congratulate Coptic Orthodox Pope Shenouda III and Egypt’s Christians over the Coptic Christmas. [Ashraf Sādiq, al-Ahrām, Jan. 7, p. 3]
Meanwhile, Orthodox churches in Egypt are holding the Coptic Christmas Mass today amidst tight security measures as the Mass will be led by Coptic Orthodox Pope Shenouda III at the Saint Mark Cathedral in the Cairo district of al-‘Abbāssīyah. The Mass will be attended by delegations representing...
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