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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.
Ibrāhīm al-Jawharī was born in the city of Qaliyūb in the second half of the 18th century. In the small city’s kuttāb, he learned writing and arithmetic, in which he excelled. He used to trans-scribe the religion books, and distribute them to the church at his own expense. He cared to present the...
Infirād website presents a number of facts about the new administrative capital church, which will be built at the request of President ʿAbd al-Fattāḥ al-Sīsī, during his Christmas mass speech.
Grand Imam and Head of the Muslim Council of Elders, Shaikh Ahmad at-Tayib, said that the construction of churches in Muslim lands has been an everlasting controversial issue among Muslim `Ūlamā', pointing that Prophet Muhammad gave the followers of Jesus the Nazarene the oath of protecting them,...
In an interview conducted by media presenter Ahmad Khairī, the vice patriarch of The Catholic Copts, Bishop Yuhanna Qolta confirmed that 80 percent of the churches in Egypt were built during the era of the Rashidūn Caliphs, which is evidence that the earliest period of Islam is proof for its...
Islamic law allows Copts to build churches in Islamic countries, Egyptian Grand Mufti Ali Gomma said in a statement on Wednesday. Gomma said in the statement that Dar al-Ifta, which issues religious edicts, earlier said that Christians and Jews are allowed to build their own places of worship.
Dr. Fatmah Sayīd Ahmad began the interview with Major General Abū Bakr al-Jindī, President of the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS), by asking that all the statistics that were prohibited former regime, related to the census of Christians and Nubians in Egypt, be made...
  Review of Elizabeth Edward’s “Coptic Orthodox statistics and migration in Maghagha”
[Text spoken at the Missio-organized Parlamentarischer Abend in Berlin, March 15, 2011. The meeting was well attended. Seven members of parliament from different political parties participated, along with assistants of other members in parliament and diplomats of the Foreign Ministry. Dr. Otmar...
  Jayson Casper considers the attack in Alexandria and the resulting sectarian demonstrations which arose in its wake. He explores some of the contextual issues and finds hope in an interfaith effort promoted by a dialogue group in the city. Even so, efforts to find meaning in the tragedy must go...
Sāmih Fawzī discusses Egypt’s emigration problem, the need for greater transparency and Coptic expatriates. He also calls on Christians to be active players in Egyptian society andbelieves that in the modern age socio-economic factors are more of a uniting force than religion.
The story of the Presbyterian congregation in Ma’ādī’s 60 year attempt to have their own church constructed.
Gerrit Roos investigates the complex relations between Christians and Muslims in Egypt. He interviewed a number of Christian figures and analyzes the reasons why people emigrate from the country.
The Washington Post newspaper published a statement directed from the Copts of Egypt to emigrant Copts. The statement stressed that Copts in Egypt are enjoying a good life and that the last three years witnessed the exertion of great efforts, on the part of the Egyptian government, to solve...
The article tackles the long-running problem of constructing churches in Egypt.
Between October 10, 1998 and October 2002 80 permits had been given for restauration, 9 for renovation and 3 for completely rebuilding a church (tearing it to the ground and rebuilding it again). Six more permits have been requested and are now being processed.
Some Egyptians believe that there are sufficient churches in Egypt, while others think that there should be more churches, arguing that there are some villages with a Coptic majority and not even a single church.
Adopting President Mubārak’s decree on church-making decisions, governor of Asyout, Ahmad Hammām has set up two archives for church renovation requests.
Head of the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMS) Major General Abu Bakr al-Jindī has denied all allegations of sectarianism on the part of the agency.

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