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Security agencies in the Upper Egyptian governorate of Qena deactivated a decision by Governor ‘Ādil Labīb to embark on works to refurbish the Anba Antonius and Virgin Mary Church in the village of Abū Shūshah.
Priest Yūsuf Subhī of the Mār Jirgis Church in Rafah, which was devastated during the incidents of the January 25, 2011 revolution, said after sessions were held with the tribal chiefs and security officials, the first mass service will be held inside the church on Sunday (October 7).
What Egypt witnessed during the last few days in celebration of Christmas, was the final say in the battle of Egypt the homeland against sectarianism whose beginning does not date back as early as the 1970s as many believe, but whose roots date back to the year 1321 AD during the era of Sultan al-...
The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) confirmed in its report on the regularizing the status of churches without license that the restricted legislative environment to build churches led to the many unlicensed churches that had been constructed hundreds of years ago. 
In the years leading up to the June 30 Revolution, Egypt’s Coptic community suffered greatly from the absence of a unified church-building law, a law, which the Copts had been waiting for, was finally passed by the end of 2016.
Fādī Yūsuf, founder of the Coalition of Egypt’s Copts (CEC), said that the decision of the State to open churches in 14 governorates is historic and unprecedent; “however, to put this decision into effect is crucial,” the founder of CEC said.
Dr. Muṣṭafa al-Fiqī, Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, said that the Christians of the Arab countries have been subjected to unprecedented violations, killings, displacement and aggression against their churches, as a result of escalating waves of extremism and terrorism. He added that the...
Coptic leaders during the conference of “Representation of Minorities in Parliament” have agreed to the importance of an appropriate representation of the Copts for the parliament and local councils.
Spokesman of Egypt’s Cabinet Nādir Saʿd stated that in response to the application submitted by the Church Regularization Committee, the Prime Minister Muṣṭafā Madbūlī has ordered to ease the regularization procedures for unlicensed churches. According to the Prime Minister, the status of 120...
Spokesman of the new Administrative Capital, Maj. Gen. Khālid al-Ḥusaynī, or Khaled al-Husseini, said that the new cathedral to be inaugurated tomorrow on the occasion of the Eastern Christmas holidays, is the largest in the entire Middle East.
On December 31, Egyptian President ʿAbd al-Fattāḥ al-Sīsī announced that a high counter-sectarian commission is to be formed and its work put immediately into effect. The presidential decree came after a police man shot dead a man and his son in Minya, which was the most recent incident after a...
Al-Zanayqah village in Isnā, Luxor, was turned into some kind of a military barrack as a result of a tighter security to prevent mounting sectarian tensions between its Muslim and Christian residents. The tensions erupted when the Muslim and Christian mobs rallied the day before yesterday and were...
Prime Minister Muṣṭafā Madbūlī did not break the presidential promise made by President al-Sīsī to reconcile the status of all the Egyptian churches. At the meeting of the "Main Committee for the Regulation of the Status of the Churches", the Prime Minister amended the status of 120 churches,...
The businessman Najīb Sāwīris responded to the online offenses of the terrorist group "Muslim Brotherhood", following their biased comments on the decision to legalize some churches, pointing out that it is a basic human right.
Bishop Makarius tweeted: the construction of houses of worship is a right we demand.
The TV show "Hawā Miṣr", broadcasted on the channel "France 24", discussed the attack on the houses of the Copts in Minya governorate, and the way to solve the customary sessions.
The Attorney General of Minya police station, under the supervision of counselor Aḥmad al-Fūlī, attorney general of the southern district prosecution, decided to extend the detention of 19 accused of the Muslims of Dimshāw Hāshim village in Minya governorate for 15 days. They are accused of rioting...
Fire fighting forces controlled a fire breaking out in the prayer hall of the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary in al-Fashn, south of Beni Suef [Banī Suwayf], as a result of the fall of a candle in the hall.
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...
Despite their approval by the Parliament, some laws were not properly enforced due either to the non-issuance of their executive regulations or to the unjustifiable disruption of their application by the executive authority. Foremost among these is the Church Building and Restoration Law that was...

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