The Coptic Orthodox Church Guards Coalition denounced the protests in al-Tahrīr and al-‘Abbāssīyah, adding proponents of those protest calls “seek the division of the nation into factions fighting one another”. [Ghādah ‘Abd al-Hāfiz, al-Misrī al-Yawm, May 5, p. 6] Read original text in Arabic
The coalition, in a statement circulated on Friday (May 4), warned that some parties are using these demonstrations and the security forces’ preoccupation with them in order to carry out “terrorist operations targeting churches and vital state institutions”.
“With grief and pain, we condemn the Tahrīr protests and the ‘Abbāssīyah sit-in. The advocates of those two events are seeking personal gains at the expense of the homeland,” read the statement received by al-Misrī al-Yawm.
“While we pray for the unity and progress of Egypt, we appeal to the elders in this nation to place its interests above those of any faction or group. We also urge them not to interact with calls of division that involve deceptive wily objectives aimed at breaking the military establishment and the Egyptian army in the fashion of earlier calls to break security and the police,” it added. [Ghādah ‘Abd al-Hāfiz, al-Misrī al-Yawm, May 5, p. 6] Read original text in Arabic
The Coptic Catholic Church expressed rejection against the spilling of Egyptian blood by Egyptian hands and all acts of violence by any side.
Bishop Kyrillos of the Coptic Catholic Church offered condolences over the victims of the ‘Abbāssīyah clashes and called for “calm and peaceful dialogue to solve problems because violence only begets violence”. [Author Not Mentioned, al-Ahrām, May 5, p. 12] Read original text in Arabic
A group of Coptic activists severely criticized the participation of Bishop Marqus of Shubrā al-Khaymah and Dr. Safwat al-Bayyādī of the Coptic Evangelical Church in the Egyptian delegation traveling to Saudi Arabia to meet Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King ‘Abd Allāh bin ‘Abd al-‘Azīz.
The activists, in a statement, refused “the Egyptian church’s involvement in such deals with Islamists to bring Egypt to its knees for a neighboring country,” adding “Egypt’s Copts will not kneel to ask for the forgiveness of a certain party that has been in the wrong side in the first place”. [‘Imād Khalīl, al-Misrī al-Yawm, May 5, p. 4] Read original text in Arabic
Meanwhile, the committee registering names of voters in the election of a new pope in succession of Coptic Orthodox Pope Shenouda III will resume its activities on Monday (May 7) after it stopped for several days over the recent incidents in the Cairo district of al-‘Abbāssīyah.
Bishop Marqus, the committee chairman, said the panel is now registering the eligible categories in accordance with the 1957 statute, including members of the Holy Synod, heads, deputies and secretaries of monasteries, members of the Millī Council, Coptic members of parliament, former and incumbent Coptic ministers, Coptic members of the Syndicate of Journalists and 12 persons from each parish in Egypt and abroad. [Author Not Mentioned, al-Ahrām, May 5, p. 3] Read original text in Arabic