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One of the greatest horrors that can befall a family is the sudden disappearance of their child. No country in the world could doubt such tragedy. Why then does controversy surround Coptic minors? There are two prominent reasons, and both relate to the contested sectarian nature of Egyptian...
The Maspero Youth Union has decided to participate in the June 30 demonstrations, stressing that President Muhammad Mursi (Mursī)'s attempt to win Copts' side by building a new church will fail. The Copts do not want to build churches, however they want a secure homeland with freedom and social...
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...
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) expressed its concern about the status of religious minorities and religious freedoms in Egypt. USCIRF's 2013 Annual Report stated despite the progress made by the transitional government in advancing religious freedoms, and a...
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) expressed its concern about the status of religious minorities and religious freedoms in Egypt. USCIRF's 2013 Annual Report stated despite the progress made by the transitional government in advancing religious freedoms, and a...
There is an atmosphere of concern in the village of al-Wāstá in the governorate of Beni Suef following the disappearance of the Muslim girl, Rānā Hātim Kamāl al-Shāzlī. On Wednesday, March 20, there was a march to protest the girl’s disappearance during which shops owned by Copts were forcefully...
The Shūrá Council discussed Egypt’s relations with Libya and Sudan and the crisis faced by Coptic Egyptians in Libya. A fact-finding commission will be formed to put an end to the strenuous conditions faced by Egyptians in a number of countries, including Libya. A second committee will also be...
The Coptic Orthodox, Catholic, and Evangelical Churches announced their withdrawal from participating in the national dialogue called for by President Muhammad Mursī Monday evening, February 25, 2013. According to the spokesperson for the Catholic Church, the Churches are not against national...
Ahmad Fahmī, speaker of the Shūrá Council, announced that President Muhammad Mursī (Morsi) responded to the request of the Coptic Orthodx Church to change the dates of the parliamentary election so that it does not conflict with the Christian Easter holiday (Muhammad Husayn, al-Hurīyah wal-‘Adālah...
A group of Coptic youth gathered outside the Saint Mark Cathedral in al-'Abbāsīyah and held 30 minutes of silence to protest against the Church leaders’ decision to intervene in politics. In a statement published by the Associated Press, Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II allegedly said that he...
The political [Coptic] activist George Ishāq, member of the National Salvation Front, said that the Egyptian State Television banned the broadcasting of a recorded interview with him on Channel One and al-Misriya Satellite channel. He was interviewed by “al-Akhir” or “The Last” TV Show hosted by...
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...
For the first time in the history of the Catholic Church, the Vatican Pope Benedict XVI announced on February 11 that he will resign as pope on February 28, 2013. Below is the full text of Pope Benedict XVI’s declaration, as presented on the Vatican website:
Coptic movements will come together with the opposition movements already scheduled on Friday, February 1, 2013 hoping to overthrow the first "legitimately" elected president in the history of Egypt. [John ‘Abd al-Malāk, al-Misrīyūn, Jan. 31, p. 3] Read original text in Arabic
Dozens of Muslims gathered in front of the Abū Fād Church in Marāshdah village of Qena Governorate on Friday (January 18, 2013) after a Muslim family accused a Coptic hardware dealer of sexually assaulting their four-year-old daughter. Muslim protesters destroyed the shop of the accused as well as...
Al-Misrīyun reports today that well-informed Church sources revealed that intensive contacts are running between the leaders of the Coptic Orthodox Church and Shī'ah leaders in Egypt to unify their future "political" positions. The sources, further, said that last year, and soon after Coptic...
An article in the English The Telegraph on Jan. 13 said that the number of Coptic Churches in the United States has grown from four churches to 200 in 40 years. There are so many Coptic refugees from Egypt fleeing, if they can, to the United States that some Coptic Churches have had to be extended...
In a statement delivered to Rose al-Yūsuf, Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II said: “I was keen to reassure the Copts feeling anxious for their future. The occasion of Christmas, a joyful day that carries a message of love and peace, was the ideal occasion to do so” (Michael ‘Adil, Rose al-Yūsuf,...
Seventeen governorates head to polling stations Saturday, December 22 to vote on the second phase of Egypt’s draft Constitution; observers record a number of electoral violations. [Husayn Ramzī, Al-Misrī Al-Yawm, Dec. 23, p. 5] Read original text in Arabic
Sharīf Jādallah, a lawyer of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), filed a complaint against Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II, accusing him of allegedly igniting fitnah tā’ifīyah among protestors by withdrawing the Church’s representatives from the Constituent Assembly. [Shirīn Tāhir, al-Wafd, Dec. 14, p.3...
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