7. AWR Daily Overview, May 20, 2012: Orthodox Church Guards reject anti-bishop protest by Coptic women

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The so-called Orthodox Church Guards coalition rejected protests by Coptic women on Sunday (May 19) at the St. Mark Cathedral in the Cairo district of al-‘Abbāssīyah against Secretary of the Holy Synod Bishop Bīshūy for his calls on Christian women to observe modesty in dress codes like Muslim women. [‘Imād Khalīl, al-Misrī al-Yawm, May 20, p. 8] Read original text in Arabic

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The coalition warned of “schism some are trying to ignite between the Coptic congregation and the church clergymen by finding faults with words and taking statements out of their contexts”.

“The calls for observation of modesty in clothing were mentioned in the teachings of the apostles and were at the very core of Jesus’ sermons,” said the coalition in a statement. [‘Imād Khalīl, al-Misrī al-Yawm, May 20, p. 8] Read original text in Arabic

[Reviewer’s Note: A report of the same content was mentioned in al-Akhbār, May 20, p. 3]

The papal elections committee announced on Sunday (May 19) the expiry of a deadline to receive papers of candidacy for the post of patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church in succession of Pope Shenouda III as the final number of applicants reached 18 – eight bishops and 10 monks. [‘Imād Khalīl, al-Misrī al-Yawm, May 20, p. 3] Read original text in Arabic

[Reviewer’s Note: A report of the same content was mentioned in al-Ahrām, May 20, p. 1]

The Holy Synod on Wednesday (May 16) held a meeting, the sixth since the death of Pope Shenouda, under acting patriarch Bishop Pachomius.

Emerging from the meeting, Bishop Benyamin of al-Menoufia said the church stands on an equal distance toward all presidential candidates, adding the Holy Synod appeals to all Copts to cast their votes and to “listen to the voice of their conscience when they choose a candidate”. [Michael Viktor, Watanī, May 20, p. 1] Read text in Arabic

Dr. Muhammad Mursī, the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) candidate for the presidency, said he is definite that none of the ousted regime’s men will win the elections this week, adding they could only win if the votes were rigged.

In an interview with al-Nahār TV channel, Mursī said Copts in Egypt are never a minority but rather full partners in the homeland, noting the Holy Qur’ān orders Muslims to treat Christians well. [Wā’il Nabīl, al-Akhbār, May 20, p. 6] Read original text in Arabic

Meanwhile, the state commissioners authority in Alexandria decided to postpone the first session of a lawsuit filed by lawyers for the Two Saints Church, Joseph Malāk and Samīr al-‘Ādlī, against the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), Alexandria security director, the prime minister and public prosecutor for their slackness to bring to justice the culprits of the 2011 bombing attack that targeted the church and left 20 people dead and more than 116 others injured. [Shirīn Tāhir, al-Wafd, May 20, p. 3] Read text in Arabic

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