The Gospel of Judas returns home; an expected controversy
The secretary general of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities announces having reached an agreement with the US to return the manuscript of the Gospel of Judas to Egypt, where it was discovered. ‘Ākhir Sā‘ah magazine published a number of articles on the subject and expected considerable controversy upon the manuscript’s return to Egypt.
Cases of child sex abuse in the Catholic Church have stirred people’s anger at the Vatican, which denied having ignored the problem. Pope Benedict expresses his regret over the sexual assaults and calls for the trial of the culprits.
The Coptic Orthodox Church will not violate the Bible for a judicial ruling
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The Church confirms its refusal to authorize second marriage for divorced Copts, in spite of a ruling in the Supreme Administrative Court obliging the church to allow remarriage. Pope Shenouda stated that nothing on Earth can force the church to violate its doctrine or Biblical teachings. Legal figures assert that the ruling is not binding to the church.
The Coptic Orthodox doctrine and Christianity in Egypt passed through hard times before being established. ‘Alā’Hijāb al-Musawwar wrote a detailed report on Coptic Orthodox history in Egypt. Al-Musawwar also shed light on Coptic art and iconography.
In spite of the tragic violence at Naj‘ Hammādī, the Egyptian press adhered to its annual tradition of publishing a considerable number of articles about Christmas and many Christmas greetings and Christmas-related arguments. President Mubārak greeted Pope Shenouda and the Coptic public in Egypt and abroad.
Expatriate Copts encourage Egyptian Copts to carry weapons and attack Muslims and security officers
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January 27, 2010
Basmah Ahmad al-Khashāb
Some expatriate Copt organizations have triggered feelings of enmity and hatred in the Copts living within Egypt, exciting them to carry weapons to use against Muslims who they fear are taking away their freedoms. These incitements ignite the fire of sectarian disputes and fitnah between Christians and Muslims in Egyptian society.