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In a poem dedicated to his son, the Turkish poet Naẓīm Ḥikmet writes: “Believe in seeds, earth, and the sea, but people above all. Love clouds, machines, and books, but people above all. Grieve for the withering branch, the dying star, and the hurt animal, but feel for people above all. Rejoice in...
The American State Department has praised Egypt’s efforts regarding its religious minorities in its annual report to Congress on approximately 200 countries. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also revealed that an international congress will be held in Washington to discuss religious freedoms around...
In my article yesterday, we concluded the need to distinguish between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism, which is necessary, and even inevitable, explaining that what Egyptian MP ʿAbd al-Raḥīm ʿAlī was exposed to by the French press and some of its writers is rather a distortion of the Egyptian...
 Criticizing the attack on the chairman of the Egyptian media portal ‘al-Bawāba’, Egyptian columnist Muḥammad ʿAlī Ibrāhīm writes on two subsequent editions: Part 1of 2 French newspapers and websites launched a frenzied campaign against Dr. ʿAbd al-Raḥīm ʿAlī, chairman of al-Bawāba newspaper and...
Two Air Sinai’s airplanes with 322 Christians aboard left Cairo’s International Airport in direction of Jerusalem. The purpose of the trip is to visit the holy places to perform religious rites during the Holy Week and Easter Mass.
On Sunday, the Military Court of Asyut postponed to April 15, 2018 retrial of the 39 convicts involved in violent attacks in the governorate of Minya just after the dispersion of the two sit-ins of Rābiʿah and al-Nahḍa in 2013.
The Christians of the Shubra district (Greater Cairo) confirmed having voted for ʿAbd al-Fattāḥ al-Sīsī, saying that there is no one like him when it comes to governing Egypt. The electoral race ended last Wednesday. Since al-Sīsī took down the Brotherhood, he spared no effort in openness and...
Egypt’s Ministry of Interior prepared for the upcoming Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and Easter to secure and update exceptional security measures. According to security sources, 400 officers from different departments and divisions of the Ministry were assigned to secure about 2500 churches and their...
Pope Tawāḍrūs, Patriarch of St. Mark, addressed a letter to all Copts, abroad and inside Egypt, inviting them to participate in the presidential elections. The Pope said: “We call on our fellow citizens to exercise their constitutional right to vote, and to abide by the national and social duty...
Abstract: There is an urgent need for more fieldwork in Muslim-Christian relations in Egypt.  Too much reporting on these issues is either ideologically motivated or supported by insufficient data.  Dutch sociologist Cornelis Hulsman will provide examples from his work, including the conversion of...
“Oh Egypt, you are the pulse of my heart, and I love you deeply. If I were taken away from you, even if only for a while, I would suffer agony.” These were the words with which late Pope Shinūda III described his love for Egypt, his homeland; poem verses written by a great theologian and man of...
Cornelis Hulsman: The Dutch daily newspaper Trouw is publishing a series of articles under the title “Europe’s Fraying Edges.” The articles discuss themes related to the countries surrounding Europe, of course including the countries of Northern Africa. I agree with the author that there is...
Commenting on the coverage of the Egyptian presidential election and human rights issues by foreign media institutions, Egyptian Journalist ‘Imād al-Dīn Ḥussayn said that there is no conspiracy by all foreign media outlets against Egypt, and even if some of them misreport against Egypt, others work...
The Salafist Call [al-Daʿwā al-Salafiyya] and al-Nūr Party have intensified efforts to urge the supporters of the Salafist movement abroad, especially in the Gulf region, to participate in the presidential election vote.
In an interview with MBC TV channel, Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawādrūs II said that the Egyptian Church is an independent national institution, and has never been dominated [by foreign institutions].
Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawādrūs II praised the Saudi Crown Prince Muḥammad bin Salmān, saying that he presents a modern and open image of the kingdom.
In an interview with a Saudi newspaper, Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawādrūs II reiterated his statement about the number of Christians in Egypt, saying that the number of Christians is 15 million.
The Coptic Christian Youth Movement called on Pope Tawādrūs II, and Bishop Raphael, the Secretary General of the Holy Synod, to hold accountable the Coptic Orthodox priests who allow holding election propaganda inside churches.
Shaykh Mahmūd Tawfīq, director of the mosques of al-Minya’s religious endowments, and Rev. Kamāl Rushdī, representative of the Evangelical Church, encouraged participation in the presidential elections, and voting for President ‘Abd al-Fattāh al-Sīsī, during the scheduled presidential elections on...
The Egyptian Ambassador to Germany, Mr. Badr ‘Abd al-‘Ātī, received General Bishop Damian of the Coptic Orthodox Churches in Germany, accompanied by a church delegation and Mr. Fū’ād Khalīl, President of the Coptic Community in Berlin.

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