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The author presents Dr. Safwat al-Bayādī's musings concerning the Coptic Orthodox Church’s position on marriage. Al-Bayādī states that marriage is a spiritual work and that the administrative court cannot force the church to do something that does not match biblical instruction. He also confirms...
Nūrā says that, in a meeting with a number of priests last Tuesday, Giza Governor Sayyid ‘Abd al-‘Azīz said that he would have been willing to provide them with a new permit that would allow them to legally turn the service center into a church. But after Wednesday’s riots, says Nūrā, the governor...
Yūsuf asks why it is always the Copts who are in violation of laws when attempting to build churches without permits. The answer, he says, lies in the extreme difficulty to obtain permits for building churches. Furthermore, he says that it is not a violation to attempt to turn the service center in...
Sāmīyah ‘Ayyād interviews the al-Wafd Party Secretary General Munīr Fakhrī ‘Abd al-Nūr. ‘Abd al-Nūr blames the current sectarian tension on extremism and the Islamification of all aspects of Egyptian life, from television to school curricula; from dress code to trade. He agreed that certain hidden...
Sāmīyah talks about the history of the al-Wafd Party, which is the very first Egyptian political party. She talks about its formation after World War I, when Egyptians wanted to declare their independence from being a British protectorate. She also discussed how its founding members were both...
The National Democratic Party announced its list of candidates for the upcoming parliamentary elections. The list consists of 770 names, including only ten Copts. Although this is an all time high for the NDP, it is considered by many as unacceptable. Dr. ‘Imād Jād criticized the party, saying that...
Sāmih says that something is not clear about the Qena incident in which Coptic homes were burned down because of an alleged relationship between a Coptic boy and Muslim girl. Different versions of the rumor exist--some say the two met at a graveyard; others allege that they only had a simple...
Muslims attacked Copts in the al-Nawāhid village in Qena, causing a fire that burned over fifteen Coptic homes. The attacks were sparked by rumors of a relationship between a Coptic boy and a Muslim girl. The rumor has not yet been proven. Bishop Kyrillos blamed the village mayor, ‘Abd al-Mun‘im...
For the first time in history, the governor of Beni Suef, Dr. Samīr Sayf al-Yazl, visited the Mār Girgis (Saint George) Church and listened to its members’ questions and requests. He agreed to provide some poor Coptic families with apartments and also to secure employment for a number of university...
During his weekly meeting at the ‘Abbāsiyyah Cathedral last Wednesday, Pope Shenouda III denied rumours about him allegedly breaking his leg. He proceeded to discuss various social and personal questions asked by attendees. Responding to someone who suggested that all liturgies be translated from...
The New Wafd Party announced 176 names on its first list of candidates for 27 governorates. The list included 14 Copts and 18 women. The party, which is yet to announce its second list, is expected to have a total of 200 candidates. Key Words: The New Wafd Party - Rāmī Lakah – Midhat al-Asyūtī –...
In an interview with Watanī International, writer Amīn al-Mahdī said that the mere discussion of a unified law for places of worship proves there is a crisis and to demand it would be trying to solve the crisis “superficially.” He pointed out the exponential growth in the number of Islamic schools...
Sīdhum says that Pope Shenouda III managed to wisely put out the Fitna fire that started last month because of the extensive media coverage of comments exchanged between Dr. Muhammad Salīm al-‘Awā and Bishop Bīshūy. Shenouda, he says, even went to the extent of saying that it’s Copts who are guests...
This article quickly mentions the poll asking citizens if they agree with the removal of the religious field on identification cards.   
The author reports on the situation of the Orthodox Church regarding the new personal status law for Christian denominations.
The past few weeks have witnessed sectarian tension and outbursts in the media causing panic about the nation’s future. Various intellectuals called for the opposition of this strong wave of hostility. Eighteen human rights organizations and 124 university professors issued a statement warning...
This article details the up-coming unified law for personal status and the impact on Christians.
This article details an official complaint presented to the Minister of Higher Education on the 25th May, 2010, accusing Assyut University’s Philosophy Department of being a stronghold of fundamentalist, extremist thought, and of spreading that through its core curriculum.  
This article sheds light on the recent Egyptian report on human rights submitted to the International Council for Human Rights.
Churches around the world disapprove of the mass burning of the Qur'ān organized by Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center Church in Florida. Several activists and political and religious figures around the world expressed disdain for the act. Key Words: Pastor Terry Jones - Dove...
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