“The Passion of Christ” was the subject of much attention lately in all circles of the Egyptian Church; especially after many [Egyptians] watched it on their personal computer screens. The film has been copied from the Internet. There were discussions among all Christian denominations about the image of the Christ as portrayed in the film and how close it is to the Christian faith. “The Passion of the Christ” has depicted the violent scenes [of Christ’s crucifixion] in a way that has never been done before.
A survey distributed among clerics in almost all churches in Egypt showed that Christian clerics support the content of the film. Some believe that the stance of Pope Shenouda, the Patriarch of the Copts in Egypt, was not clear; however, church sources confirmed the satisfaction of the Orthodox Church [with the movie]. However, Pope Shenouda commented on the content of the film, saying that Mel Gibson chose to focus on the Passion/pain of the Christ without showing the miraculous deeds of the Christ, like bringing the dead to life, healing the sick and so on. This, according to the Pope, gave the impression that Christ was in a weak state at that period.
Nevertheless, clergymen expressed their approval of the events in the film, especially the historical aspect of the film and the role of the Jews in causing pain to Christ and their beastly insistence on getting rid of Him.
Bishop Yohanna Qulta, deputy of the Catholic Patriarch in Egypt, said there are no errors in Gibson’s film, which was completely true in artistically depicting the Biblical verses that mentioned the viciousness of the Jews. Bishop Qulta believes that the Jews objected to the film because the film shows the Jewish mentality at that period, which is reflected in today’s bloody actions [by the Jews] in dealing with the intifada. Rev. Menees Abdel Nour, pastor of the Evangelical Church of Qasr Al-Dubara, agrees with Bishop Qulta on the truthfulness of the film. He said that what some Jewish organizations say about the film is not true, and the film has been supported by Christian groups and American Churches, which led it doing well at the box office. He believes that half of Egyptian Christians have seen the film.