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This summer will mark my third Ramadan spent in Egypt since I began traveling to the country in January 2011.  My first experience of an Egyptian Ramadan in the summer of 2011 remains particularly memorable, both as a cultural and personal experience.
Mother Theoliptie is a Chinese-Canadian Coptic Orthodox nun who has resided  at St. Demiana’s Monastery for about 16 years.  Her story is one of remarkable change from Buddhism to Coptic Orthodoxy. She quit her job as a pharmacist in Toronto and entered the monastery at age 27. I have met with...
The article reflects on the great values exemplified by the Christ and the outstanding universal films and series which revolve around his life. 
Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II met with President Muhammad Morsi (Mursī) yesterday (May 23) evening in order to convey his congratulations on the freeing of soldiers who were held hostage in Sinai by terrorist elements. In his weekly sermon from Saint Mark Cathedral in al-’Abbasīyyāh, the Pope...
In a recent report by the New York Times, a clear trend towards migration has emerged among successful businessmen from Egypt’s Coptic community. Coptic businessmen remain a significant force in the trade, finance and accounting sectors. One of the clear motivating factors for this phenomenon is...
Security apparatuses in al-Minya Governorate took tight security measures in al-Barshā village of al-Mallawī Township (Minya Governorate) after a Coptic youth was killed by a Muslim. Security forces cordoned the village to prevent any more clashes in the village (‘Alī Husayn and Najlā’ Fathī, al-...
After the Easter celebrations, Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II will leave for his first visit to the Diaspora churches in Europe. His trip will start with a visit to Italy and then to the Vatican, where he will meet the new Vatican Pope Francis I. A source of the Church revealed that Pope Tawadros...
The World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit has given an exclusive interview with the newspaper al-Akhbār. In the interview he said that Christians have long been part of the social and religious fabric of Egypt, and that it was in everyone’s interests to create a...
The newspaper al-Misrīyūn received threats that journalists will be prosecuted and physically liquidated and the newspaper headquarters burned down. The source of the threats remains unknown. However, the threats come after the newspaper revealed in their Wednesday, February 27 edition, the names...
Copts in the village of Sirisnā in al-Faiyum Governorate performed prayers after the attack on St. George Church. Additionally, in the presence of an officer from the Tāmīyah police station, Copts from the village of Sirisnā met with the priests to discuss a way to confront the sectarian violence...
The Azhar has expressed its wish for friendly relations with the Vatican after ties have been cut for over two years. The Azhar and the Vatican are the two largest bodies to represent Islam and Christianity, respectively. In a statement released on Wednesday, February 13, 2013, the Azhar expressed...
In an unprecedented step in the history of the Catholic Church, the Vatican Pope Benedict XVI has announced that he will resign from his position on February 28, 2013. This announcement has led to mixed reactions in the West (Gīhān Mustafá, al-Misrīyūn, Feb. 13, p. 6). Read original text in Arabic.
Relation religion and democracyIn this presentation I would like to outline that the basis for a democracy is in the first place the recognition of the equality and dignity of man and therefore the freedom of religion. And that subsequently a democratic system is base don that, characterised by the...
On December 11 the SGP-delegation met with Coptic Catholic Bishop Qultah to hear his opinions following the tensions between Islamists and non-Islamists over the Constitution.  Diana Serodio translated from French into English. Following an introduction by Bishop Qultah SGP, delegation members...
Muhammad Yūsuf ‘Abd al-Rahman ‘Abd Allāh, an Egyptian Salafist who obtained the alias Shaykh Abū Ahmad as soon as he was approved as member of ‘Usāmah Bin Lādin’s al-Qā’idah network, said the jihādists do not recognize the state or ruler simply because he does not pursue the path of God. [‘Abd al-...
An Egyptian league comprising Sufi Orders and Copts accused the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafī movements of trying to spread sedition in Egypt and divide the nation through a Zionist scheme. [Sa’īd ‘Alī, al-Misrī al-Yawm, Sept. 29, p. 1] Read original text in Arabic
Expatriate Copts demanded from Bishop Pachomius, Coptic Orthodox acting PAtriarch, to postponed the Coptic Orthodox papal elections because some personnel are looking forward to occupy the papal seat. The article has no link online.
Abrām Louis, head of the "Victims of Abduction and Enforced Disappearance" movement, said that the U.S. Department of State through the U.S. Embassy in Cairo held closed meetings with a number of Coptic activists and movements about the persecution of Copts in Egypt.
Today’s overview tackles controversial statements by the former chief of the Muslim Brotherhood group, Muhammad Mahdī ‘Ākif in which he said that the MB will dominate the presidency, ministries embassies and all the state institutions and will also ikhwānize the people.
Al-Misrī al-Yawm published on July 15, 2012 an article entitled "Netherlands agree to grant political asylum to Egypt's Copts". In the article the Dutch Coptic Association was quoted saying "The Netherlands officially approved the Association's request to grant political asylum to Egypt's Copts,...
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