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Mamdouh Mahran, chief
editor of the weekly al-Nabaa, claimed that a former Coptic monk had
practiced prostitution inside the
church. Mahran was highly criticized in Egyptian media and was
damaging national unity. His
article provoked angry protests by Copts in Assiut and in the main cathedral in Cairo.
The protests became
stronger when he was released on bail. The Coptic Church issued a statement saying that the
monk had been
expelled him from the monastery in 1996.
The number of
articles published about Christmas reflects the attention the Egyptian press paid to celebrations of it.
article gives a list of the articles published in five newspapers.
Jamāl Badāwī refers to the importance of a book by Coptic historian
Sawirus Ibn al-
Muqaffac entitled, ‘Tārīkh alĀbā’ al-Batārikah’ [The History of
Patriarchs]. The book presents a clear picture of the relationship between Copts and Muslims during the
On Tuesday, thousands of Copts and 80 bishops converged in St. Mark’s Cathedral in al-‘Abbāsīyah to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Pope Shenouda’s consecration as the pope of Alexandria. The celebration was marked by speeches from bishops from the Coptic Orthodox Church, and coincided with the convening of the laymen’s conference on church reform, entitled, "Laymen’s Vision of the Problems of the Church."
Khalīl discusses the forced disappearance of Coptic girls. The phenomenon is not new, however it being announced more
frequently. Khalīl discusses the reasons why Coptic families are more often daring to announce the disappearance of
their girls, and the reasons behind the increase of the phenomenon.
Al-Ahali published a photo of Virgin Mary
on its front page under the title of "The First Photo of
the Holy Virgin." It mentioned that a Muslim woman took this photo
when the strong lights shone above the
towers of the Saint Marcos church in Assiut. al-Akhbar wrote that the Bishopric of
Assiut decided to form
a committee to examine the photo published by al-Ahali. In a five page report titled, "Is this the
Virgin Mary?," Akher Sa’a, commented on what al-Ahali published. Watani pointed out the healing miracles that
accompanied the apparition of the Holy Virgin.
phenomenon and lights,
which accompanied the apparition of the Holy Virgin in the province of Assiut have continued for the
month. Thousands of people go there wanting to see her and get blessed. Some of them have reportedly been
cured of dangerous diseases.
and local media have pursued the spiritual phenomena of the apparition of the Madonna in
Assiut, where more than 10,000
Muslims and Christians have gathered to witness the miracle, which started
on August 17th.
In the past some Copts have
been complaining that the Egyptian press has not given
(enough) attention to Christian religious feasts. This is why we have
listed the articles related to
The transcript of an interview conducted by Cornelis Hulsman with Kamāl Zākhir Mūsá, in which Mūsá provides a background of his work and publications. Mūsá further describes his own experiences and confrontations with the Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt.