He said that the whole world knows that Egyptians want the implementation of the Islamic sharī’ah, adding Egyptians’ wish to have their country pursuing Islamic laws should not be a reason for concern.
“I pledge to preserve churches and monasteries so that everyone feels he/she lives in a nation where there is no discrimination between Muslims and Christians,” he said. [Hajjāj al-Husaynī, al-Ahrām, May 1, p. 4] Read original text in Arabic
A church source said acting patriarch Bishop Pachomius named 10 persons to represent the Coptic Orthodox Church at the constitutional assembly, most notably are Bishop Mūsá of Youth, Bishop Marqus of Shubrā al-Khaymah, Counselor Edward Ghālib and Ambassador Wahīb al-Minyāwī. [‘Imād Khalīl, al-Misrī al-Yawm, May 1, p. 8] Read original text in Arabic
Meanwhile, Mājid Rīyād, the legal advisor for the church, said 14 bishops have applied their papers so far to vie over the papal position of the St. Mark Church, including Bishop Mūsá of Youth, Bishop Bīshūy, Secretary of the Holy Synod, Bishop Makarius of al-Minya and Bishop Raphael, General Bishop. [Majdī Fikrī, al-Dustūr, May 1, p. 1] Read text in Arabic