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Islam criminalizes attacks on churches and non-Muslim houses of worship as Islamists, namely the Muslim Brotherhood and a number of Salafī parties, volunteered to protect churches during the New Year celebrations. [Dīyā' Abū al-Safā, Akhbār al-Yawm, p. 7, Jan. 1]
Islamist groups experts confirmed that the claims and threats of elements affiliated to Dā`esh of targeting Christians in Egypt, has reinforced cohesion of the entire society.
Safwat Seifin Labīb, alias Safwat al-Battātī, is a Coptic poet. Born in Qena in the early 1960s, al-Battātī, brought together Muslims and Copts into one fabric.
In the opening ceremony of the 11th General Assembly of the Middle East Council of Churches (MECC), convened in Jordan from August 24 to September 6, Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II, pope and patriarch of Alexandria, pointed to the urge of joint efforts of the Middle Eastern Muslims and Christians...
Salafi Al-Nūr MP Ahmad Khalīl said that the female circumcision is permissible in Islam, hence should not be criminalized.
In its report released recently, Egypt's Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) said that there are 3126 churches in Egypt, in addition to dozens of monasteries. The CAPMAS' survey concludes that the number of churches cover 25 percent of Egypt's total population.
Dr. Ibrahīm `Abd al-Azīz Hijāzi said that the practice of religious rites is a constitutional right guaranteed for every Egyptian, in implementation of the principle of citizenship, regardless of their religion, stressing that building houses of worship should not be subject to the governors'...
MP Ghāda Wālī strongly denounced rumors about the restriction of erecting the cross on the roof of churches, describing these as “remarkably incompatible with rationale thinking.”
The draft law submitted by the three Egyptian Churches to the Parliament for approval has raised concern among human rights activists. Human rights advocate Najīb Jūbra'īl objects five amendments introduced to the law draft.
Strongly criticizing the Church Construction draft law formulation that allegedly forbids the erection of the cross on churches roofs, media presenter Al-Hūssainī cited the biblical verse “Do not be afraid, but speak, and do not keep silent; for I am with you, and no one will attack you to hurt you...
Egypt's former minister of Family and Population, Dr. Mūshīra Khattāb, denounced the delay in promulgating the Church Construction Law, saying: “The country is challenged by a discrimination of rights which are endorsed in the Constitution.”
The news of the Pope's visit to the Saudi Monarch raised a debate among Copts; some criticized that the Monarch did not come to the Papal headquarters, just like he did with his visit to al-Azhar, some others saw that the meeting in general has promoted the national role of the Church. Some...
Saudi Monarch, King Salmān is to receive head of the Coptic Orthodox Church Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and the Holy See of St. Mark, Pope Tawadros II, in the monarch's residence in Cairo. The Saudi king will also receive State's officials.
US State Department religious freedom report of 2015 said that the Egyptian government failed in responding to preventing sectarian violence in some cases, especially in the cities remote from the capital, Cairo. Despite the involvement of governmental officials in the customary reconciliation...
Although the first Coptic church built on the land of one of the Gulf states is over 80 years old, the construction of churches in the gulf and the service of the Christian clergy there is a dilemma that requires continuous understanding.
The churches in the governorate of al-Qalyubia, namely those in Banhā and Shubrā al-Khaymah, witnessed a large number of visiting politicians and candidates in the parliamentary elections to offer congratulations for the Christians on New Year’s Eve. [Ahmad ‘Abd al-Karīm, Al-Akhbār, Jan. 2, p. 8]
On the other hand, Maj. General al-Sayyīd al-Bura’ī, Asyut Governor, expressed his sorrow over the recent incidents that erupted in Asyut when a Christian student called Jamāl ‘Abdu Mas’ūd published images that defame Islam on his social networking media Facebook page.   [A report of the same...
On the other hand, Pope Shenouda delegated General Bishop Yu’annis to lead the Mass to mourn the victims of the blast that took place outside the Two Saints Church, Saint Mark and Pope Peter, in Alexandria, which left 24 killed and 90 others wounded. [Rāmī Yāsīn and Ashraf Sādiq, Al-Ahrām, Jan. 1,...
The Egyptian Dār Al-Iftā' has warned of the danger of sectarian strife, which has been marked by a number of criminal events that have taken place. “They are fuel to implement the sectarian agenda in Egypt, like in Iraq, Syria, and other countries and communities that have been hit by sectarian...
Heading the delegation of United Arab Emirates, Dr. Amal Al- Qūbaysī, president of the Emirates Federal Council, was welcomed by Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of St. Mark at the Coptic Orthodox headquarters in Egypt.
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