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The Coptic Orthodox Church is celebrating the anniversary of the death of St. Samuel the Confessor [[Ṣamūʾīl al-Muʿtarif] on Kiyahk 8 of the Coptic calendar or December 17 of the Gregorian calendar.  The word “confessor” refers to a saint that was tortured because of his/her Christian faith but did...
In light of the restrictions preventing gatherings, the spread of the Coronavirus has resulted in the cancellation of religious celebrations and festivals [mawlid], including seven major Islamic ones and nine well-known Christian ones.
Amidst the security and precautionary measures, the village of Mīt Damsīs in Ajā celebrated the feast day of Saint George [Mār Jirjis] at the monastery named after him.  The monastery was careful to make visitors adhere to the precautionary measures inside the church and when visiting religious and...
The Center for Coptic Studies at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina is organizing a lecture tomorrow over Facebook Live entitled “Coptic Saint Corona…Patron Saint of Pandemics and Infectious Diseases.”  The lecture will be given by Dr. ʿIzzat Ṣalīb, expert of Coptic Heritage at the Ministry of Tourism and...
 Magdy William is one of the world’s premier Coptic iconographers, having studied under the renowned reviver of the long neglected art, Isaac Fanous.[1] William discussed his craft, its history, and spiritual impact during an exhibition hosted by St. John’s Episcopal Church in Maadi, Cairo, on...
An official source at the Islamic Research Academy said that the Virgin Mary movie is just an illusion, saying that the Azhar did not receive any script for a movie involving Virgin Mary. However, he added that the rule of not portraying prophets in movies is applicable in that case, because the...
‘Imād Tūmās reviews a book entitled Introduction to Coptic Folklore, which argues that ancient Egyptian roots can be found throughout most Coptic celebrations, feasts, hymns, and rituals. For instance, the commemoration of birthdays of the saints (called Mawlids) comes from a ritual that stretches...
In spite of the governmental decision to cancel mūlids in Egypt, people celebrated many mūlids. Some Muslim mūlids were canceled while other Christian were permitted paving the way for heated arguments and fears of sectarian tension.
Despite international interest in the study of Coptic Orthodoxy and Coptic history, until as late as the 1950s there was no academic institution offering such studies in Egypt. This article describes the founding and continued work of the Institute for Coptic Studies, founded in 1954.
A former assistant in the church service of the Coptic Orthodox Church considers the Orthodox rites to be idolatry.

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