|ARAB WEST REPORT|
Dr. Olav Tveit, General Secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), sent a cable to the leaders of the Egyptian churches stressing the support of the council for the continuous efforts to preserve the unity of the Egyptian people.
Dr. Rev. Andrea Zakī, deputy head of the Coptic Evangelical Church and General Director of the Coptic Evangelical Organization for Social Services (CEOSS), said in a statement on Saturday (July 13) that the cable included a statement, written out by Tveit and leaders of the WCC, condemning all forms of violence conducted as means of resolving conflicts in Egypt, which has cost the lives of dozens and left hundreds wounded. He supported the efforts granted by the Church in Egypt to work side by side with its partners among the Muslims and all political parties, civil society organizations, and the decision makers to facilitate the build up of peace through the process of reconciliation, that may lead the nation to recovery.
The Coptic Orthodox Church submitted a memorandum to Presidency, objecting the temporary Constitutional declaration. The temporary declaration included all disputed articles that existed in the suspended constitution. Article I is one of the articles that is objected by the Church because it contains the same text of Article 219 of the suspended Constitution.
The Orthodox Church officially presented a legal memorandum to Egypt’s interim executive office regarding its objections to the constitutional declaration. The memo states that the Church understands the transitional nature of the declaration and its difference from the suspended constitution in its amendments. It added that there should be a new constitution to replace the suspended one rather than making amendments to it. Also the Church’s participation should not be limited to the 50-member societal committee, but should be part of the legal council that will draft the amendments.
Security forces were spread in the area of Sīdī Bishr of Alexandria. Heavy security build-ups could be seen at entrances and exits of the street where Two Saints Church lies. Two Saints Church was subject to a terrorist attack in 2011. The Church stands opposite to Sharaf al-Madīnah Mosque, where MB members hold their prayers (Majdī Fikrī, al-Dustūr, July 10, p. 2). The article has no link online.
The funeral prayer for the Coptic Orthodox Father Mīnā ’Abūd Shārūbīm was held in Archangel Michael (Malāk Mikhā’īl) Church in Sheraton area of Cairo in the morning on July 8.