29. The pope’s illness pushed us to move nowadays

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This is the summary of an interview with

Kamāl Zākhir Mūsá, the active layman and one of the leaders of the so-called

“laymen front” that seek change in the Coptic Orthodox Church.

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In the interview with the active

Coptic layman Kamāk Zākhir Mūsá, October tackles different subjects related

to the laymen group’s activities. October calls Zākhir the “chief” of the laymen

Zākhir speaks about the history and present activity of laymen in the church. He

explained that the activity of laymen in the Coptic Orthodox church started in the 1990s, however,

it was not properly organized. Zākhir announced that the fourth laymen conference will take

place soon. He stated that it is no coincidence that the conference will be held at this time in

particular when Pope Shenouda III is suffering from health problems.
Zākhir explained

the laymen’s stances toward the different church-related issues they tackle. Those are issues like

the administration of the church, financial affairs personal status regulations, regulations for

choosing the pope and other relevant issues.
Zākhir clarified that the main aim of the

“laymen front” is to ensure that laymen have a more active role in the church. He added that in

the current reality of the Coptic Orthodox Church the clergy rules and the laity follows, which is

“incorrect” in his opinion.

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