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Upon receiving the Democracy Award, 2007, Hishām Qāsim was subject to severe attacks in the Egyptian press. Over two days Qāsim reported the details of his visit to the U.S., his meeting with George Bush and his comments on the issue.
Ishāq Ibrāhīm sheds light on the International Religious Freedom Report 2007 that was released by the U.S. Department of State. He mentions parts of the report that comment on Egypt and other countries.
The Korean hostages in Afghanistan violated their government’s recommendations not to go to Afghanistan and exploited the misery of poor people to convince them to change their religion and convert to Christianity. The author also blames the Azhar for its support of the group of missionaries.
The author discusses Christian thinkers and their contributions to the history of Coptic art in Egypt. He includes individuals such as Zuzana Skalova and Gawdat Gabra, who produced a book on classical Christian-Egyptian art, and Dr. Isaac Fanous.
While Egyptian non-Catholic churches expressed their angry reactions to the Vatican document, Catholic figures, including the director of the Holy See’s Press Office, declared that the document was mainly to clarify Catholic doctrinal issues and was not intended to offend any church or denomination.
Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria and the See of Saint Mark held an
unusual Wednesday meeting with the Coptic public. He did not tackle political issues. In previous meetings, Pope Shenouda
accused the Egyptian government of persecuting Copts.
A project to collect the full version of the manuscript first found in Saint Catherine’s Monastery in Sinai. Well informed sources in the project expect to have the project complete and posted on the internet by 2009.
Ihāb al-Zulāqī reports on the oldest version of the New Testament found at the Monastery of Saint Catherine.
Pope Shenouda asserted that there is no division within the church and denied being a dictator, proclaiming that he disseminated the people’s right to choose their priest, bishop, and archbishop when he assumed the office of pope.
Pope Shenouda denied that Bishop Bīshūy accused non-Orthodox denominations of apostasy on a CD and said that the excommunication of Bibāwī was a collective decision issued by the Holy Synod, not by the pope.