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President of Egypt’s Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA). Dr. Muṣṭafa al-Fiqī, and the Secretary General of the Arab League (Tunisia Office), Dr. ʿAbd al-Laṭīf ʿUbayd, are to launch  the two-day co-organized conference entitled “The Relationships between the Arab Mashreq and Maghreb ... Past, Present and...
In a statement to the press, Pope Tawāḍurūs II, pope and patriarch of Alexandria of Egypt, said that the Church considers the killing of the Abbot of the Anba Maqār Monastery ‘a criminal offense’ which has been properly investigated by the relevant and competent legal authorities. “More than 400...
The Public Prosecutor’s Office of Wādi al-Natrūn, headed by Wāʾil Bakr, continued its investigation to uncover the mystery behind the death of Anba Ipiphāniyūs, the abbot of the Monastery of Anba Maqār (Makarius the Great), who died from head injuries at dawn on Sunday, July 29. 
The Coptic Orthodox Ecclesiastical Council for Family Affairs has announced that they have started receiving requests concerning marital problems. Applicants can meet members of the Council to discuss issues pertaining to marriage as well as divorce applications. 
Editor AWR: It is unbelievable how many misunderstandings exist about safety in Sīwah [Siwa]. This is probably because of the proximity of Sīwah to the Egyptian-Libyan borders; however fears about safety in Sīwah are not justified. It was therefore good to hear the experiences of the Norwegian...
In a statement disclosed to al-Maṣrī al-Yawm, Pope Tawāḍrūs II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the Holy See of St. Mark, issued a papal decree appointing the monk Pitruniyūs al-Maqārī (Petronius) as Secretary to St. Makāriyyūs The Great in Wādī Naṭrūn. The decision was announced during his...
On Sunday, Chancellor Nāṣir al-Dahshān, Senior Solicitor-General of the Court of Appeal in Alexandria, Egypt, received a complaint filed against Aḥmad al-ʿArajāwī, a House of Representatives MP for al-Nūr Party, accusing him of rabble-rousing in the country. Attorney Tāriq Maḥmūd, who presented...
Moving to church affairs, some coalitions, assemblies and leagues of supporters of Coptic Orthodox Church Pope Shenouda III sent cables to the Coptic Orthodox Church’s Holy Synod backing Bishop Mūsá of Youths as new patriarch of Alexandria and the see of Saint Mark. [Author Not Mentioned, al-Ahrām...
Some Coptic organizations and activists, in a statement they called the March 30 Declaration, vehemently rejected the 100-member panel and “attempts by certain groups to draft the new Egyptian Constitution alone,” urging the Egyptian Church to immediately announce its position on the panel and...
The Coptic Orthodox Church, in the statement, called on SCAF Chairman Field Marshal Muhammad Husayn Tantāwī to approve a constitution panel that is representative of all Egyptians without discrimination among the citizens of Egypt on religious or ethnic basis. [Rajab Ramadān, Muhammad Abū al-‘...
The Alexandria Millī Council sent a statement on Friday (March 30) to the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) in which it condemned the mechanisms used to form a constitution-drafting assembly. The Council stressed equality among all Egyptians in rights and duties regardless of religious...
The Azhar apologized for not participating in the constituent assembly and expressed reservations over its “poor” representation in the panel after it decided to withdraw Wāsil from it. The decision was taken during a meeting of the Azhar’s Islamic Research Academy under Grand Shaykh Dr. Ahmad al-...
The scholars said that religious groups “have to return to their barracks”! “It was a vital matter that the Azhar take its representative out of the constitution assembly simply because it is not proper for the stature of the Azhar to participate in a panel marked by domination not partnership and...
On July 29, an unprecedented and heinous murder occurred inside a monastery in Egypt, the St. Makarius the Great Monastery or best known as Deir Anba Maqār in al-Bihīra, when its abbot, Bishop Epiphaniyūs, was found dead killed near his cell. The assassinated Bishop was renowned for his devoutness...
Possible presidential candidate Hamdīn Sabbāhī reiterated support for the implementation of the Islamic sharī'ah and maintaining the second article of the constitution, which, he said, respects all religions. "The Islamic sharī'ah is one of compassion and tolerance and would never undermine the...
Muslim Brotherhood Murshid (Guide) Dr. Muhammad Badī' and members of the Irshād (Guidance) Office on Tuesday (Feb. 28) responded positively to the messages sent by Dr. Safwat al-Bayyādī, the head of the Coptic Evangelical denomination, and Andrea Zakī, his deputy, in which they raised certain...
Meanwhile, the Qasr al-Nīl Court of Misdemeanors turned down two criminal and civil lawsuits against Coptic business magnate Najīb Sawirus accusing him of disdaining religion on the grounds that the persons who filed the lawsuits have no legal capacity. Minutes after the ruling was handed down by...
Dr. Nājih Ibrāhīm, a member of the al-Jamā'ah al-Islāmīyah (Islamic Group) Shūrá Council, said Islamists in Egypt suffer from some flaws about making more and more friends, adding Egyptians have to brush aside trivialities that take much of their time and show more interest in serious issues. "...
The Islamic Café, with two branches in Alexandria's Sīdī Bishr district and Port Said governorate, would separate between the two sexes and bans serving shīshāh. Young people on social networking web sites expressed disgruntlement over this café and one of them wondered about the legal solutions...

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