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The Abū al-Matāmīr tensions triggered a full-page article in Sawt al-Ummah newspaper claiming that Israel wants to declare a Coptic state in Upper Egypt or Hurghada. Other discussions followed the tensions, some of them very emotional.
This special report provides information about the developments of Wafaa Costantine’s conversion according to news Egyptian newspapers published about her in chronological order
In early December 2004, a small number of Copts from the northern Egyptian governorate of al-Beheira gathered at 7.00 p.m. outside the Saint Mark Cathedral in the Cairo district of al-Abbassiya to call on Pope Shenouda III to bring them back the allegedly kidnapped wife of Father Youssef Moawad.
The author talks about Islam in Europe, and highlights the necessary steps that are needed to ensure a peaceful coexistence of cultures.
Last week witnessed wrathful demonstrations of thousands of Copts who conducted a five-day sit-in at the premises of St Mark’s cathedral at Abassiya, Cairo, which is also the papal seat. They were demanding the return of a priest’s wife who had disappeared under suspicious circumstances, and who,...
Forty-six-year-old Ms Costantin left home as usual on Saturday 27 November to go to work at the local office of the Agricultural Reform Authority where she is an agriculturalist, and has not been seen since. She was reported missing at the local police station.
Last week’s editorial discussed at length the explosion of the pent-up anger of the Copts in Assiut, Upper Egypt, at their continued suffering from grievances long shelved by the authorities. I wrote that Assiut was no exception among Egypt’s Coptic communities. The week's events unexpectedly...
A copy of the Group for Democratic Development and Andalus Institute for Tolerance and Anti-Violence Studies’ report on the Alexandria sectarian riots in October 2005.
Pope Shenouda has always cited incidents of assaults on churches and Copts by some members of al-Jamā‘at al-Islāmīya, accusing the police of slackness in dealing with the assailants.
We are in dire need of an Egyptian civil body to unite Egyptians, Muslims and Christians and protect us from similar sorrowful events. Such a body would interfere to contain problems once they sprout, preventing them from exploding. It is time to activate and consolidate the criteria of civil...
Last Wednesday, Pope Shenouda III was back in Cairo following a two-week retreat at Anba Bīshouī Monastery in Wādī al-Natroun in the Western Desert, spent in prayers and meeting with some 1,800 of the clergy.
This report explains the escalations following the alleged conversion of a priest’s wife to Islam. Much background is given to the cultural context that explain why such an issue is so sensitive in Egypt. The report also shows that several of the organizers of the demonstration in Cairo have done...
President Mubārak believes in one nation. He has nominated Copts in high positions [examples given in the article]. The demonstration in the cathedral was chaotic and aggressive. It was blackmailing both Pope Shenouda and the Egyptian state. The Copts have the right to be angry about issues...
Mosul is around 400 kilometers north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad. Sentiments of fear and wariness are shrouding Iraqi Christians during their moves inside the city of Ninwa and other Christian villages. Religious extremists that have already targeted women, merchants and businessmen are...
After the Wafā’ Costantine issue came to an end, three demands that need to be fulfilled were brought forth, so that similar incidents can be avoided and solutions found to Coptic grievances.
The recent scene of Coptic anger [over Costantine’s issue] pushes us to evade any sentimental debate. The policy of temporary solutions will not cure the cause and the Egyptian street will be facing more problems or even collisions with unpredictable results.
In the article “The Unseen Facts,” published on January 10, 2005 in al-Usbou‘ newspaper, Anba Mousa replies to arguments raised by judge Tāriq al- Bishrī with regards to the Costantine issue.
One cannot just disregard the so-called ‘Wafā’ Costantine issue’ as a mere incident. The conversion of Wafā’ from Christianity to Islam was perceived as a desertion from the Coptic group and institution. It triggered a collective Coptic reaction expressive of feelings of total rejection.
“I believe the first problem is the construction of churches. What I am saying is that there must be a unified law in which the mosque and the church are equal…We are focusing on this issue and the constitution guarantees the freedom of worship. If we really want to observe and respect the...
His Holiness Pope Shenouda III is an extremely wise and intellectual man, a unique person who knows and understands a lot. He has a long living memory that goes back in history.

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