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For the past 40 years, the church has been Copts’ sole refuge and Pope Shenouda III has been a religious leader and political intellectual thinking for all the congregation that the Christians have come down to only one person, the late patriarch. 
Coptic intellectuals and activists have set certain conditions to be met before they give their support to a presidential candidate, be it al-Sīsī or someone else. , Jamāl As’ad, writer and intellectual, said that the Copts need a president who can unite the Egyptians and who can solve Egypt’s...
Coptic writer Jamāl As’ad stated that the discussion about the positive discrimination for Copts in an appropriate manner, as the constitution stated, will open gates to a grand fitnah (strife) in society. He requested that the Church be removed away from politics. He also critiqued the pope’s...
As all national powers had a firm stand to support Copts' rights in shaping the future of Egypt along with their Muslim brothers after all the seeds of division sowed by the dissolved National Democratic Party, Copts and the Muslim Brotherhood preferred to be in an alliance together in order to...
 Pope Shenouda postponed returning from Monastery of Saint Bīshūy (Dayr Anbā Bīshūy) in Wādī al-Natrūn that was scheduled in Sunday December 12, 2010. Pope didn't state the time of his arrival but its expected that it will be before his well-known weekly sermon in Saint Mark's Coptic Orthodox...
An church source says that a meeting between Pope Shenouda III and MP Jamāl As‘ad is being set up. This comes after the Pope was contacted by Dr. Mustafá al-Fiqī from the Shūrá Council, who told the Pope that As‘ad would like to apologize for any unnecessary attacks he may have made on the Church....
The "Copts' Right to Divorce" society has expressed its optimism that a civil law on personal affairs for Copts will be passed, given the appointment of Jamāl As‘ad to the People's Assembly. A prominent figure in the society who asked not to be identified said that As‘ad is known for his opposition...
With the parliamentary elections on the horizon, says Ahmad, the question arises as to whether Copts themselves have decided to stay out of politics or whether they were forced to do so by the state. Secular leader Kamāl Zākhir says that Coptic reluctance to participate in the elections goes back...
As‘ad compares Bīshūy’s comments about Egypt being originally Coptic to Zionism, and his comments about the Qur'ān’s distortion to the American Pastor’s mass Qur'ān burning. He says that Bīshūy’s comments are not only offensive to Muslims, but to anyone who believes in freedom of religious belief....
During a lecture in Faiyum, Bishop Bīshūy denied making offensive comments about the Qur'ān and expressed his support of the Islamic Research Academy’s call to ban defaming religions. Protestant leader, Jamāl As‘ad, says he considers Bīshūy’s latest comments a “convincing” apology, yet urges him to...

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