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The reaction of Egypt’s Copts regarding the news of St. Athanasius Church was like an earthquake and its epicenter was in al-Muqattam. The three Egyptian Christian denominations refused to acknowledge the church, under the self-styled Orthodox Dr. Maximus Hannā.
The article presents a brief overview of the most important events that have happened in Egyptian churches during 2006.
Max Michel’s lawyer asserts the legitimacy of the archiepiscopate of Bishop Maximus I, expressing that Michel belongs to the Holy See of the Orthodox Church that adopts the Julian calendar.
A war of documents is ongoing between Pope Shenouda, who provided Waṭanī newspaper with a certificate that states that Bishop Mavias, who ordained Maximus, has no accredited religious legitimacy while the latter presented three certificates that confirm the authenticity of his ordination.
The author discusses Christianity in Egypt, and what it means to be a Copt living in a society that constantly struggles with social issues.
Coptic writers and intellectuals present their views on the reasons behind the inability of the Coptic Orthodox church to contain troublesome situations.
After Max Michel and the laymen’s conference, the Coptic Orthodox Church is facing troubles with a new dissident called Ra’ūbīl Istifanus, who established Saint Paul’s church for his new congregation the Sons of the Christ.
The Greek Orthodox Church has sent a testimony to the court, denying the consecration of Timotheos Mavias, who ordained Max Michel as Bishop Maximus I.
The author questions what the security bodies’ reaction toward a man who comes from Afghanistan and proclaims himself Shaykh of the Azhar would be, holds prayers and celebrations instead of Shaykh Muhamad Sayyid Ṭanṭāwī.
Aḥmad al- Sa‘dāwī reports about the two 2007 New Year’s ceremonies held in Egypt by Pope Shenouda and Father Maximus.

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