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Judge Munsif Sulaymān, member of the General Congregation Council [al-Majlis al-Milli], revealed the reasons for the Council’s sudden statement on supporting His Holiness Pope Tawāḍrūs II early this week. He stated that it came as a response to the inappropriate attacks made against the Pope...
The Egyptian Right to Life Movement announced today that its claim has been approved by the Administrative Court, and eventually the approval to file a lawsuit against the Coptic Orthodox Church. In a press statement disclosed to Copts United, the claimant Ashraf Anīs, founder of the Right to Life...
The political, legal and media controversy is repeatedly raised when the issue of removing the religion field from the National ID generates.  12 years ago, the issue was raised by the National Council for Human Rights, headed at the time by Dr. Buṭrus Buṭrus Ghālī. Discussions and meetings could...
In his column this week, journalist and author Ḥamdī Rizq addresses ultra-conservative Muslims, asking them why they prohibit the Copts of Minya to dedicate their prayers around the altar, while they are not deprived from dedicating their prayers towards the qibla:
For two hours, the Egyptian TV Channel TEN, aired on Wednesday the interview Pope Tawāḍrūs II gave to media anchor ʿAmrū ʿAbd al-Ḥamīd during his program al-Raʾyu al-ʿĀm (the public opinion).
Controversial discussions followed the catastrophic explosion that hit the Petrine Church in `Abassiya, Cairo, claiming the lives of 24 persons and 49 injured, on how to deal with terrorism and on what security measures should be implemented to eliminate violent attacks from their roots or at least...
Hānī ʿIzzat, a coordinator with the Union of Personal Status Law Victims, said that rule 38 does not violate the precepts of the gospel as some have said. ʿIzzat added that rule 38 utilizes 7 justifications for divorce from the ʿIzzat gospel, saying that rule 38 had been in effect from 1938 until...
Egyptian Christians are mourning the death of Coptic Orthodox Pope and Patriarch Shinūdā III, who passed away on Saturday at the age of 88. Pope Shinūdā (August 3, 1923 - March 17, 2012) was extremely popular among millions of common Christians. A charismatic reformer and an advocate of Christian...
Intern Damas Addeh looks back on his unexpected experience at a Coptic demonstration in Cairo that dealt with the issue of divorce and remarriage within the church.
The Egyptian press continues to devote attention to the different reactions to the Supreme Administrative Court ruling allowing Christian divorcees to remarry. The church rejected the ruling and considered it against the Bible and church codes. Some authors highlighted the tragic influence of the...
The Supreme Administrative Court in Egypt issued a controversial ruling that guarantees Christian divorcees the right to a second marriage. The Coptic Orthodox Church rejects the ruling and declares that there is no authority on Earth that can oblige the church to go against their conscience....
The article discusses reactions to a recent Supreme Administrative Court ruling which forces the Coptic Orthodox Church to allow Copts that have been divorced through civil courts to re-marry.
Dr. Samīr Tanāghū, a professor in the Law Faculty at Alexandria University, writes about one of the unresolved legal issues concerning the state and the church; the Personal Status Law, and its effects on Copts.
Hānī Labīb comments on the Rose al-Yūsuf file that was published on the occasion of the Coptic Christmas. The file was devoted to Coptic issues and contained interviews with clergymen and Coptic figures. Labīb hails the file as a valuable document.
Hānī Labīb presents a history of the laws adopted by the church and the government to regulate Coptic marriage and divorce.
The Administrative Court ruling which grants a license to remarry is unconstitutional for it violates Article 46 of the Constitution which guarantees the freedom of belief and it contravenes the Coptic Orthodox doctrine.
Majdī Khalīl sheds light on the difference between citizenship rights and the political activity of clergymen, and highlights the rarity of clergymen who are politically active.
Sāmih Fawzī denounces the increasing religious influence on Egyptian society, and calls for clear constitutional texts that prohibit religious influence on public institutions.
Hāzim Munīr discusses the Muslim Brotherhood’s rejection to the proposed constitutional amendments aimed at separating religion from politics. He argues that they indirectly insist on mixing religion and politics in an attempt to religionize politics and add a divine cover on their own beliefs.
The Coptic writer Jamāl As‘ad criticizes the church’s creed affirmation conference and accuses it of being an attempt to affirm itself as a state.

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