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The crisis of al-Kushh village which changed its name to al-Salām, in Sohag governorate, seems to experience a breakthrough after Bishop Wīsā, the bishop of al-Bilīnā, issued a decree to pardon the fourteen suspended priests.
The article sheds light on the alleged suspension of 14 priests from al-Kushh village, presenting their responses to the accusations.
Some Coptic residents of al-Salām village in Sohag have expressed their disappointment with their church, after hearing the news that some Orthodox priests in the village were suspended because of financial corruption.
Drs. Hulsman provides a detailed description of Muslim-Christian relations in Egypt, and a history of Coptic problems, stemming from their own actions and outside influences.
The Criminal Court of Sohag gave its verdict in al-Kosheh case, in which 57 Muslims and 39 Copts were accused. Ninety-two defendants were set free and four Muslim defendants were sentenced to between one and ten years imprisonment. No one was convicted of murder, although 21 Christians were...
A number of Christians from the Upper Egyptian village of al-Kushh, Assuit governorate, filed charges against some clergy from the Kushh church, accusing them of misusing authority to collect compulsory donations from the poor villagers.
The American Coptic Association mentioned that Bishop Yo’annis, secretary to Pope Shenouda, joined Islam under threats from Muslims during Al-Kosheh incidents and that father Bola of Al-Kosheh church, and Bishop Wissa of El-Balyana were witnesses to the incident.
Mohammed Al Mahi does not think that families of the victims of Al-Kosheh riots will take revenge following the sentence. Bishop Wissa says that he will not stay still and he won’t take part in any reconciliation.
Egyptian security sources denied that new clashes, between Muslims and Copts, had taken place in Al-Kosheh and warned against any attempts to stir up sectarian strife there. Bishop Wissa said that a burning substance had been thrown at three of the Copts’ houses in Al-Kosheh and one of the doors...
The Freedom House translated a letter Bishop Wissa of Al-Belyana about the attack on four Christians homes in Al-Kosheh.
Judge Mohammed Afifi, who gave the ruling in Al-Kosheh action, said that the sentences relating to the twenty Christian people, who died in the incidents, were ratified. Bishop Wissa said that the church leaders had confidence in the judicial system and that they would not enjoy their rights...
Drs. Cornelis Hulsman had been invited to give a lecture on his work for the RNSAW at a conference on "Media and Interreligious Dialogue" in Vienna, Austria on November 8 and 9. The conference had been organized by the International Press Institute in Vienna, the Department of Communication Science...
Mustafa Abdel-Qader, Minister for Local Development voiced in this interview the same opinion as in Al-Ahram. "A solution for the problems in Al-Kosheh depends on the political dimension, development and respect for the law." The interview concerned development in general and included Al-Kosheh....
In its session of yesterday, Sohag’s Criminal Court decided to continue hearing the case of the killing of Samir Oueida Hakim and Karam Tamer, two Christian youths in the village of Al-Kosheh. Shayboub William Arsel is accused of intentionally killing them both. The incident dates back to August 14...
Gamal Asad, a Coptic ex-member of the Egyptian People’s Assembly, has recently heavily criticized the emigrant Copts as well as several Coptic leaders - in particular Bishop Wissa of Balyana and Dar Al-Salaam in the wake of the Al-Kosheh incidents. Here the author responds to the accusations made...
At the "Quddaas Al-Arbaien" held last Thursday in the Archangel Michael Church for the spirits of those who were killed in Al-Kosheh was presided over by Bishop Wissa of Al-Balyana and Dar Al-Salaam, General Bishop Yo’annes, the delegate of His Holiness the Pope, and the secretary of the pope. A...
The difficult kind of trading with Copts is the insistence of some clergymen to perform the role of the political representative of Copts. That was clear in an interview with Bishop Wissa in Al-Ahram, Saturday, February 2, in which he insists that he is responsible for his Coptic children, which...
Bishop Wissa’s name is central to the understanding of the violence [Fitna] in Al-Kosheh, both in 1998 and in the more recent events. Since the first events of Al-Koshh in 1998, his name has become known outside his bishopric and Egypt’s borders and [his name] was repeated continuously in the Press...
Abdel-Malak Asaad invites us to look at the events of Al-Kusheh as a dangerous indicator that feeds sectarianism. Before this he explains the difficulty he finds in explaining that he cannot side with the church as is expected from him, for he considers that Copts are spiritually related to the...
This article came as a defense of Bishop Wissa and a criticism of the editor-in-chief of Al-Usboa Newspaper. The reader, Seif Elia, accused him of siding in issue 153 of the newspaper against Copts and Bishop Wissa. The reader challenged the newspaper to publish his defense. He said that truth...

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