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The article deals with an address by Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria in which he pledged to settle the crisis of the seven Christians detained for attempting to take a Christian girl from al-Fayyūm who had converted to Islam.
An investigative report into the arrest of seven young men in the al-Marj district and the demonstrations that followed.
The author notes the impending release of seven Copts still detained by State Security Investigations, despite being found not guilty of the charges of premeditated murder, carrying arms, and abduction.
Copts belonging to the Sim‘ān Kharrāz monastery in al-Muqattam demonstrated over the arrest of seven Copts, including a number of the church’s servants. The Copts were arrested on a trumped up charge of threatening a young Muslim married to a Christian girl.
Copts in al-Muqattam protested against the illegitimate arrests of four priests and relatives of a Christian girl who converted to Islam and married a Muslim.
The author reports on the demonstrations held at the Coptic Orthodox cathedral last Wednesday. He met with protesters and tried to find out the reasons behind their anger.
The author suggests that stories of sectarian strife, especially those which may have minimal veracity, should not receive as much press as they do. Rather, he calls attention to Egypt’s other sources of strife.
Rā’id al-Sharqāwī reports about the Holy Synod meeting of June 18 that decided to dismiss Coptic Orthodox Bishop Mattias.
Hundreds of Copts from al-Mahalla have demonstrated in front of the Saint Mark Cathedral in Cairo.
Someone asked me : “Will Max Michael and his church succeed in attracting new members, and will it affect the Orthodox Church under His Holiness Pope Shenouda?”

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