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Following the footsteps of the Coptic Orthodox Church, the Catholic Church has chosen Bishop Ibrāhīm Ishāq of al-Minya as successor to Cardinal Antonius Najīb who, for health reasons, resigned from his post. [Author not mentioned, al-Wafd, Jan. 23, p. 4] Read original text in Arabic
Pope Tawadros criticized having a quota system for Copts in the Parliamentary elections. He stressed, though, that the Church will not interfere in politics, but will encourage Copts to participate in politics (Amīrah Fathī, al-Wafd, Jan. 21, p. 3). Read original text in Arabic
As preparations for Christmas celebrations continued, the Coptic Church submitted a detailed memo to the presidency in Egypt about amendments it would like to see made to the new Constitution. These included deleting Article 219, which states that the "principles of Islamic sharī’ah include...
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...
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].
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...
Coptic activists denounced the participation of Rāmī Lakaḥ and Mamdūḥ Ramzī in a dialogue with President Muhammad Mursī, stressing that they do not represent but their personal views.  


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