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The suspended priest Filopātīr Jamīl, pastor of the Virgin Mary Church, is claiming that his suspension was a result of his membership of al-Ghad political party and his support for al-Ghad’s leader, Ayman Nour, in the presidential elections.
The stance a priest decided to adopt during the presidential elections led to a burnt car. Father Filopātīr tells Fādī Habashī about this incident, which he believes was a premeditated action.
The Archbishopric of Jīza filed a petition to Pope Shenouda III yesterday requesting that Father Filopātīr Jamīl’s suspension be extended until after the parliamentary elections, but the request has been rejected by the Assembly of Civil Society Organizations.
Father Filopātīr has resigned from the Ghad Party, stating that Ayman Nour’s political platform would impinge on the security of the nation, since he promised the immediate release of all political detainees, including those detained for religion-related issues and he would allow the Muslim...
The Giza Metropolis has revealed the Father Filop āt īr was suspended as a result of his articles, published in a magazine called al-Kat ība al-T ībiyya. They claim these articles included many half-truths, and include harsh criticism that does not sit well with Christian ethics.
Father Filop āt īr of the Virgin and Mar Marqus Church has said in an interview that the decision to suspend him from service was due to pressure from the security forces after he announced his opposition to President Mub ārak.
The suspension of a parish priest by the Archbishopric of J īza has caused controversy in the church. His reason for suspending Father Filop āt īr are unclear, but according to Filop āt īr himself, he was suspended for joining the Ghad party.
The author offers a brief a review of a television program that hosted a number of Muslim and Coptic figures discussing several critical issues.
Father Filopātīr was punished by the church after he published an article in which he criticized the president and the ruling party.
The Egyptian Federation for Human Rights has petitioned the pope to extenuate the ruling against Father Filopātīr Jamīl, a priest suspended for two years on charges of betraying the church.


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