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An official reception was held yesterday at the Church of Martyr Mar Jirjis and St. Anthony in the Canadian capital Ottawa, for Anba Bulus, Bishop of Ottawa, Montreal and Eastern Canada.
In the context of our round of introduction, which was shortly interrupted by tea and coffee, a discussion about the roots of Christian spirituality in Egypt, the church’s crisis in Europe especially among young people and Islam emerged.
The first thing that Reverend Richard did, when he introduced himself to our group, was bring a smile to our lips. Although being “officially” retired back in Canada, it became clear that God had plans for him in the Middle East. “Don’t think you can retire in the ministry!” he said, laughing.
The Dutch delegation stayed three nights in Saint Anthony’s monastery where they attended masses and engaged in discussions about religion. This report describes how one of the oldest monasteries in the world is practicing the Christian faith. The monastery does not allow armed policemen to stay on...
During the interview hosted by the Saudi-Arabian based Arab News, the Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawāḍrūs II described the Crown Prince Muḥammad ibn Salmān as “a great man for a great nation”. Such a view as expressed by an enlightened and progressive Eastern Christian cleric might not have been clearly...
Pope Francis has urged the followers of the Catholic Church to continue evangelizing the world. He stated that a Christian that stops evangelizing is like a man sick in his creed (Author not mentioned, al- Fath, Feb. 21. p. 11). Read original text online in Arabic.  
The Vatican responded angrily to the UN yesterday, after the latter accused it of covering up crimes of child abuse by priests and requested it to change its position on abortion and homo-sexuality.  It accused the Committee for Children’s Rights of the UN of intentionally misinterpreting the facts...
The Minister of Immigration and Egyptian Expatriates Affairs, Ambassador Nabīla Makram, met with a French parliamentary delegation from the Eastern Christians Studies Group in the presence of the French Ambassador in Egypt. The delegation is currently visiting Egypt headed by the two French MPs...
Today, 300 young men and women of the Coptic Church in Austria went to Egypt on a journey of service and care for the poor in Upper Egypt. The trip includes providing financial and in-kind support to their non-sophisticated, low-income Coptic brethren of Upper Egypt.
I had the pleasure of meeting Brother Mathieu Grenier, a 31 year old French seminarian in Cairo, given that becoming more acquainted with Islam is part of his studies. He is a member of the Missionaries of Divine Mercy in the parish of Toulon, France. Toulon is a city with a very high percentage of...

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