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Rich Copts are losing interest to run on the lists of the National Democratic Party (NDP) and the opposition in Alexandria, while less famous Copts are trying to enter the election battle. Candidacy of women has been expanded whereas some members of the ruling NDP prefer to run in the elections as...
The annual iftār banquet held by Coptic Orthodox Pope Shenouda III was different this year as there was another iftār thrown by Prime Minister, Ahmad Nazīf. Surprisingly, some ministers, led by Ahmad al-Maghrabī, minister of housing, did not go to the prime minister’s banquet. The author believes...
The author states that the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) have dominated the National Committee for Change established by Dr. Muhammad al-Barād'ī, former head of IAEA, in an attempt to divert the committee to a division in their organization. They started collecting signatures for the change,...
 The Sheikh of al-Azhar meets some African and Islamic ambassadors and establishes three institutions in Gaza.
 The author poses some questions about the absence of Kāmīliyā, the wife of Dayr Mawās' priest, and Wafā' Constantine, and finally the murder of Irene who was killed by her husband in Alexandria.
 The author considers the Coptic demonstrations as a sign of the weakness of the state and how the church has lost the world's sympathy.
 A workshop in Alexandria calls for a civil state in Egypt that doesn't resist religion.  The author throws light on a workshop held in Alexandria under the supervision of the Evangelical Church which calls for a civil state. The workshop assured that the civil state is a mixture of secularism and...
 The author presents the new news concerning the problem of the disappearance and re-appearance of the wife of Dayr Mawās' priest, Kāmilīyā Shihātah.    
Rāmī Rushdī wrote that the U.S. State Department's report on Religious Freedom in Egypt as usual had many accusations; the Azhar issued a declaration to respond to this report.  Ahmad al-Tayyib called some political leaders in the country to contribute in responding to U.S. report and he called...
The National Democratic Party had a losing bet on Shirīf Biqatar (its candidate in the parliament elections, representing Karmuz constituency in Alexandria).    Dr. ‘Īsa Jirjis, a member of the church council, had convinced NDP of his ability to make copts vote for Biqatar, but in return they...
‘Ādil Ḥammūdah says that when Pope Shenouda ordered the transfer of his dialysis machime and other medical equipment to Wādī al-Naṭrūn for his recent seclusion, observers felt that he was planning a long stay, which would mean he would miss the president's inauguration of parliament, which could...
The report says that a Coptic woman brought a case seeking dissolution of her marriage on the grounds that her husband is impotent and she still is a virgin. The husband initially took the matter lightly, as he knew he was not impotent and that he had ongoing sexual relations with his wife. He...
Dr. Ahmad al-Tayyib, Grand Imām of the Azhar, has held a closed meeting with his counselors, the main topic of which was the issue of the portrayal of the Prophet's companions and wives in dramatic works. The meeting decided that a serious study of the matter should be made, with the Azhar...
It seems the Ministry of Endowments will play an important role in the next year's presidential elections. This has become evident from the oral instructions that mosque Imāms and preachers have received from the head of the ministry's religious affairs sector, Shawqī ‘Abd al-Latīf. The report...
A civil state is a secular democratic state. Enlightened thinkers believe that a religious state is a a real threat. The author explains the difference between a civil state and a religious state, pointing out that a civil state is based on sovereignty of law, which requires separation of...
Secular Coptic leader Kamāl Zākhir states that Pope Shenouda III should stay away from the second marriage issue because it is a civil issue. Ikrām Lam'ī, an Evangelical, argues that Pope Shenouda’s statement that civil marriage is a kind of adultery is a call for a religious state, while Catholic...
The factors lead to Pope Shenouda’s statement considering civil marriage as adultery are as follows: Although he is not specialized in theology, he does not accept any interpretations of the Bible other than his; he is aware of his power and is certain that none may call him into account, even the...
Muhammad talks about one of the chants heard at November's ‘Umrāniyyah riots: “Army of Christ, let us move forward!” He says he first heard the slogan on a website supporting converts to Christianity, at the time thinking it was a nice slogan. However, Muhammad says that Christians in the riot...
Samuel talks about the "Coptic operation room," which monitored the election results and report the numbers to Pope Shenouda III. He says the room was not only monitoring the progress of Coptic candidates, but also members of the Muslim Brotherhood. The room also served to direct Copts to vote for...
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