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Anba Bīshūy, or Makram Iskandar Niqūlā, the 76-year-old Metropolitan Bishop of Damietta, Kafr al-Shaykh and al-Brārī, died of a heart attack early in the morning on Wednesday. Pope Tawāḍrūs II mourned the Coptic Orthodox Bishop Bīshūy, and the funeral prayers will be held at Monastery of Saint...
The article reports on the death of Bishop Bīshūy, which was announced by Egypt’s Coptic Church last Wednesday. The funeral service was held in the Monastery of Saint Dimiyānā, without papal presence due to Pope Tawāḍrūs’ pastoral visit to the USA.
Al-Waṭan made the first interview with Anba Murqus, Bishop of Shubrā al-Khaymah, after he assumed the presidency of the Clerical Council for Family Affairs. During the interview, Anba Murqus underscored that the 2016 bill is applied in the personal affairs councils; pointed out that the Unified...
On October 6, 2016, Arie de Boer, Koen Vliegenthart and Cornelis Hulsman visited two sites that were World Servants projects in the period of 2006 until 2009. The delegation was received by Father Rueiss [Ruways], and briefly met with Bishop Gabriel [Jibrāʾīl] when he left the church after a prayer...
Father Bishoy, Bishop of Damietta and Kafr el-Sheikh, issued official regulations for all churches to ban women, and girls over the age of 11, from attending communion (a holy church ritual) wearing make-up, trousers, or blouses.
In his sermon consecrated to Bishop Bishoy on his 40th Death Day, Coptic Orthodox Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria, Pope Tawāḍrūs described the late Metropolitan bishop as ‘a discerning person’ who managed to build spiritual fraternal ties to his congregation, and strong friendship bonds to the...
Pope Tawadros appoints Bishop Paula in place of Bishop Bishoy
An interview discussing the death of Metropolitan Bishop Bishoy
An article in memorium of Metropolitan Bishop Bishoy (1942-2018)
In a sixty-minute documentary, Egyptian film director Samīr Zakī presents an autobiography of Bishop Sāwīrūs, abbot of the Monastery of the Holy Virgin in Meir, al-Qūṣiyah, Asiyūṭ, from 1985 till he passed away last July. As testified by all who knew him, Anba Sāwīrūs served the monastery, commonly...
Bishop Bīshūy, Metropolitan of Damietta, Kafr El Sheikh, and Barrari, as well as head of the Coptic Orthodox Monastery of Saint Damiana for nuns, dedicated an article to the mystery of reincarnation, through which God expresses his love for humankind. The article was published in “al-Karāza”...
Bishop Bīshūy, Metropolitan of Damietta and Kafr El Sheikh and representative of Pope Tawāḍrūs II handed over an icon to Doctor Tharayyā Bashʿalānī in appreciation of her appointment as chargé d’affairs of the secretary general of the council.
Bishop Tārdus, Bishop of Port Saʿīd at the Port Saʿīd Archbishopric, received Ambassador Peter Weiderud, Director of the Swedish Cultural Institute for the Middle East region.
Bishop Cyril of Najaʿ Ḥammādī praised the annual visit conducted by the governorate’s executive leadership, headed by the Governor of the territory, to the Archbishopric to present their well-wishes for the feast.
Background: Metropolitan Bīshūy is known to be quite the controversial and outspoken figure in regards to other Christian denominations besides the Coptic Orthodox Church. In 2007, the metropolitan had reportedly made a statement in regards to the Protestant and Roman Catholic Christians in Egypt,...
Bishop Thomas (known as Maurice Shawqī prior to his consecration) was born in 1957 and is the Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of al-Qūsīyah and Mīr in Assīūṭ, Egypt. When he first arrived to al-Qūsīyah, Bishop Thomas had big ideas about changes he wanted to make toward raising his...
Anba Sarabamon al-Shāyeb, head of All Saints Monastery in the village of al-Ṭūd of Luxor, criticized priests who support the electoral campaigns of parliamentary candidates, stressing that all religious clerics should not be involved in politics.
The Coptic Orthodox Church’s Holy Synod unanimously named Bishop Raphael of Central Cairo Churches, who was one of the three finalists to the chair of Saint Mark, as secretary of the Synod instead of Bishop Bīshūy of Damietta. [‘Imād Khalīl, al-Misrī al-Yawm, Nov. 23, p. 4] Read original text in...
Pope Shenouda III opened two new churches in Sharm al-Shaykh last Saturday. The openings were attended by South Sinai Governor Muhammad ‘Abd al-Fudayl Shūshah, Bishops Yū’ánnis, Butrus, and Armiyā and were received by Bishop Apollo of South Sinai. The Pope did not make it back to Cairo in time to...
Muslim Brotherhood leader Dr. Muhammad Badi‘, called for the interrogation of Bishop Bīshūy by the church for making offensive and “irresponsible” statements about the Qur'ān that could cause fitnah atā’ifīyah. He also called upon the government to use all of its constitutional power to defend...

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