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The Coptic Catholic Church in the Asyūṭ governorate has completed preparations for Cardinal Sandri Leonardo and his accompanying delegation who will be visiting the Cathedral and the offices of the diocese this Tuesday.  The Cardinal is scheduled to meet with priests and other members of the...
Light and Dark published the statement released by the Coptic Orthodox Bishopric of Minya and Abū Qurqāṣ following the sectarian incident of January 11, 2019:-
Upper Egypt is associated with habits and customs that do not always change as time goes by, especially when it comes to the burial of the dead and rituals following the burial.  
In the village of Zaʿfarāna, Minyā, the Coptic Orthodox Archdiocese owns a small place where her approximate thousand followers perform their prayers.
In the Upper Egyptian governorate of Asyut, security authorities nipped a sectarian crisis between Muslims and Copts in the bud in the village of Sinbū, Dayrūt town, in differences over a plot of land next to al-Mashriqī Monastery in the village. 
Due to a new rumor claiming that Copts had attacked a Muslim house and set it on fire, the clashes began again in Banī Ahmed al-Sharqīya. This led to a security alert to contain the clashes (Hasan 'Abd al-Ghafār, al-Yawm al-Sābi', Aug. 9).Read original text in Arabic.
There are new signs of fitnah tā'ifīyah in the town of al-Wastá of Beni Suef Governate. Al-Sabāh reported about a number of anti-Christians pamphlets that were distributed in al-Wastá, in addition to, flyers that were against Saint George Church (Mār Jirjis). The messages accused Saint George...
Bayt al-A’ilah led the settlement of the Badrmān tensions by holding the first reconciliation session between Copts and Muslims in the village. The Church on the other hand has rejected the customary reconciliation sessions that prevent the application of the rule of law (Māhir ‘Abd al-Sabbūr, al-...
Priests and bishops of the Coptic Orthodox Samālūṭ dioceses in the governorate of al-Minyā sent a letter to the Egyptian Minister of Interior, Major General Maḥmūd Tawfīq, calling on him to approach the conditions of the Christian places of worship in the Upper Egyptian city.  The priests are...
A high-level German delegation led by Dr. Rev. Tharwat Qādis, chairman of the Council for Dialogue and Ecumenical Relations, arrived in Aswan en route to Luxor. The delegation will visit the Coptic Evangelical Church in Luxor and its affiliated schools.
Al-Yawm al-Sābi’ newspaper looks at the reasons why different areas in Egypt with a high population of Copts have voted in favour of the draft Constitution in the first stage of the referendum and are expected to vote "yes" in the next stage also. 
‘Izbit al-Najārīn, an area belonging to the Masārrah village of Dayrūt, and home to 3,000 Copts, has been under threat from a gang led by a man named Jabrūt K ("J.K."). The gang has been threatening to kidnap villagers’ children if they do not pay ransom money. The situation began at the beginning...
On Friday, The Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Samālūṭ, Minya, held a liturgy marking the 4th anniversary of the martyrdom of 20 Copts who were beheaded by ISIL or Dāʿish in Libya. Bouquets of roses were placed before the icons and shrines dedicated to the martyrs.
Egyptian columnist Ḥamdī Rizq writes this week: Sectarian strife is more severe than murder, indeed, more severe than murder. Sectarian strife is the door to all evils, and God has mercy on us from sectarian strife as manifested in Minya.
The Media Center of Egypt’s Cabinet denied the news that has been circulating on some websites and social networking sites, that claimed that the closure of three churches in Minya came due to pressure stemming from some who object to the existence of churches in the province.
Events in Minya have escalated recently, and sectarianism has reared its ugly face once again. Bishop Makarius [Makāriyūs], the General Bishop of Minya and Abu Qurqāṣ, remains the champion of the scene, where he alone is held responsible for the aftermath of unrest in the governorate. 
Copts in Dayrūt of Asyut Governorate are terrified following repeated attacks by groups of thugs. 
Coptic Catholic Bishop Kyrillos Kamāl William Sam’ān of Asyut said that the Coptic Catholic Church does not seek to impose its opinion on Christians to vote for a specific person in the upcoming Parliamentary elections.
The National Salvation Front sent a representative to Upper Egypt villages to observe the referendum over the draft Constitution. Ahmad Māhir, the representative, along with a group of activists witnessed those blocking Copts from voting.
Independent human rights organizations, monitoring the referendum over the draft Constitution, detected several attempts of preventing Copts from voting.


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