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Over 15 days, multitudes of Coptic Christians attend church prayers and spiritual sermons during the two-week fast of St. Mary. Coptic Christians, and sometimes Muslims, usually visit holy sites where the Holy Family dwelt during their journey in Egypt. 
Sixty-five drivers got permits from the Durunka Monastery in Asyūt to allow them to transport visitors to and from the vicinity of the monastery after closing the Asyūt al-Ghanāyim main road to secure the monastery’s annual celebration of the Virgin Mary’s feast, which is usually attended by five...
“The Church is still committed to Pope Tawāḍrūs’ decision to suspend trips to monasteries until further notice,” said Fr. Būlus Ḥalīm, official spokesman of the Coptic Orthodox Church.
Father Būlus Ḥalīm, spokesman of the Coptic Orthodox Church, declared the cancelation of its summer trips and conferences, saying: "It is inappropriate to organize trips and continue to organize conferences under current security conditions." 
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