41. Pope Shenouda sent approval of 'Unified law' to Cabinet, SCAF, says Bishop Yu'annis

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Bishop Yu'annis, secretary of H.H. Pope Shenouda III, said that the Coptic pope sent his approval of the law on the construction of houses of worship and churches to the Egyptian Cabinet and the Supreme Military Council. Bishop Yu'annis added that the Pope had intended to visit the Grand Shaykh of the Azhar and the Muftī of the Republic Dr. A’lī Jum’ah to wish them a happy 'Īd al-Adhā [the Greater Bairam] but he became ill and his temperature rose to (38 C). Instead, Pope Shenouda sent telegrams to the two Muslim clerics, and to Field Marshal Muhammad Husayn Tantāwī Sulaymān and Lt. General Sāmī 'Anān, the army's chief of staff.

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A delegation comprising representatives from all Egyptian churches has visited the Grand Shaykh of the Azhar Dr. Ahmad al-Tayīb and the Muftī of the Republic Dr. A’lī Jum’ah to congratulate them on the occasion of 'Īd al-Adhā.

Shaykh A’lī ‘Abd al-Bāqī, secretary general of the Islamic Research Center, who attended the meeting with the church delegation, explained that the meeting was friendly. He added that during the meeting it was stressed that a house of worship in which the name of God is mentioned, whether a mosque or a church must not be demolished, and that a person who attacks a house of worship is a sinner according to the teachings of Islamic Sharī'ah.

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[Reviewer's Note: News story was also mentioned in al-Ahrām, page 3, November 4, 2011 and al-Akhbār, page 11, November 4, 2011.]

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