In an interview with al-Ahrām al-‘Arabī, Bishop Marqus denied being removed from his office as the Coptic Church’s official spokesman, and asserted that he has a very good relationship with Pope Shenouda.
Bishop Marqus expressed his gratitude to the statewide adopted stance to not send a representative to attend the Christmas celebration held by, according to him, the illegitimate self- proclaimed Bishop Maximus at his church in al-Muqattam.
Marqus added that Maximus is not recognized by any church in the world except for his own in the U.S, and that priests all agree that his ordination is void.
Regarding Pope Shenouda’s health, Marqus indicated that he is in good health and able to travel abroad.
Marqus talked about parliamentary elections and said that it is difficult for Copts to win in elections due to their small number in constituencies. He indicated that party-list proportional representation would be better than the current single-winner system, for it would give Copts more opportunity to enter parliament [Editor: this is certainly true].
Marqus also called to amend the second article of the Constitution as the political climate that Egypt is living in implies a reconsideration of such article, asserting at the same time that he as a citizen has the right to express his personal opinion.