Religious News Service from the Arab World

19. Reviewing Egyptian media articles from April 26-29 on Easter

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19. Reviewing Egyptian media articles from April 26-29 on Easter
Date of source: 
April 26 – April 29, 2003
Author: 
Nirmin Fawzi
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Egyptian press paid special attention to Easter festivities. It elaborated on the spiritual connotations of Easter and resurrection and reports the "Happy Easter" wishes Pope Shenouda and all Copts received from officials and Muslim religious leaders.

20. Churches of al-Ashmonein; a conflict between the Coptic Orthodox and Brethren churches

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20. Churches of al-Ashmonein; a conflict between the Coptic Orthodox and Brethren churches
Date of source: 
December 31, 2002
Author: 
Cornelis Hulsman
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Overview of churches in al-Ashmonein and a description of the claims of the Coptic Orthodox Church and Brethren Church on one and the same church building. The relations between Orthodox Christians and Muslims and Brethren and Muslims are obviously better than those between the two Christian denominations in al-Ashmonein.

1. Recent developments

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1. Recent developments
Date of source: 
January 6, 2003
Author: 
Cornelis Hulsman
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Christians thank president Mubarak for making January 7 a holiday.
Announcement of this issue of RNSAW being the last one with this name.

24. Distorted reporting about Coptic Christians in Egypt

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24. Distorted reporting about Coptic Christians in Egypt
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December 28, 2002
Author: 
Rev. Dr. David D. Grafton, Drs. Cornelis Hulsman and Rev. Dr. Mikhael Shelley
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The three authors criticize reporting in the Layman, an American Presbyterian publication, claiming Christians in Egypt are persecuted. They believe the author of this article was ill-informed and provided readers with wrong information. The Layman got the opportunity to respond to their criticism but choose not to, not a sign of confidence in their own work.

22. Christian businessman Mounir Ghabbour upset about distorted reporting

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22. Christian businessman Mounir Ghabbour upset about distorted reporting
Date of source: 
December 27, 2002
Author: 
Cornelis Hulsman
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President of the National Egyptian Heritage Revival Association (NEHRA) is upset about the story of the Sunday Telegraph. He said it presents an angle he did not present. He believes there are too many guards at the site his organization restored but this is nothing new. Veash, however, had been able to create a sensational story out of a routine practice of protecting ancient sites and neglected the issue he had raised of managing the site.

13. Responding to Sabah Al-Kheir

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13. Responding to Sabah Al-Kheir
Date of source: 
December 27, 2002
Author: 
Paul Perry
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Paul Perry says that despite no reporter from Sabah Al-Kheir attempted to contact him regarding his photograph, the magazine captured his feelings about this amazing experience. He thinks he did photograph a miracle, which was an answer to a question of his since beginning a study of the Holy Family, namely: When is a vision truly a vision and when is it a dream?

11. Canon law in the Coptic Orthodox Church

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11. Canon law in the Coptic Orthodox Church
Date of source: 
December 27, 2002
Author: 
Basilius
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The article gives an overview of the contents of three books about Coptic Orthodox ecclesiastical law, published by the Monastery of Makarios. The three books are “The Dispensation of the Institution of the Church and the Discipline of the Priesthood,” “The Spiritual Authority in the Church and the Ecclesiastic Juridical Tradition in Choosing and Ordaining the Pope of Alexandria” and “The Divine Dispensation in the structure of the Church.”

32. Justice and Peace in Egypt

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32. Justice and Peace in Egypt
Date of source: 
December 23, 2002
Author: 
Majid Musá Yanni
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An overview of the activities of the Coptic Catholic peace movement Justice and Peace in Egypt.

15. List of churches in Assiut Governorate for which governorate decrees for restoration and presidential decrees for building and renovation were issued

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15. List of churches in Assiut Governorate for which governorate decrees for restoration and presidential decrees for building and renovation were issued
Date of source: 
December 23, 2002
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Governorate of Assiut
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Between October 10, 1998 and October 2002 80 permits had been given for restauration, 9 for renovation and 3 for completely rebuilding a church (tearing it to the ground and rebuilding it again). Six more permits have been requested and are now being processed.

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