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Before his decision to resign, Pope Benedict allegedly clashed with a sexual harrasment issue and with the leaked documents scandal. The Pope will remain at Castel Gandolfo (the Pope’s summer residence) for the remainder of his life. The successor of Pope Benedict is elected within 15 days. [...
The Egyptian Foreign Minister received Vatican approval on the nomination of the former vice president Mahmūd Mikī as Egypt's ambassador to the Vatican. The last Egyptian ambassador to the Vatican was Lamīyā' Mikhaymar. Since her term ended in September 2012 there has been no Egyptian Ambassador to...
The inauguration celebrations for the new Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, John X Yazigi, were held at the Holy Cross Church in Damascus. According to anonymous sources, Pope Tawadros II sent a congratulatory cable. Representing Bashar al-Assad at the inauguration was Mansour...
Also on Wednesday, Pope Tawadros II met the Saudi Ambassador, Ahmad Qatān, in Cairo. The visit is the first of its kind since Pope Tawadros took his position as Coptic Orthodox Pope of Egypt (Majdī Fikrī and Sahar Sa'd Allah, al-Dustūr, Feb. 14, p. 2). Read original text in Arabic
On Wednesday, February 13, Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II met the Saudi Ambassador Ahmad Al-Qatān at Saint Mark Cathedral in al-'Abāsīyyah. The Church confirmed that the Ambassador came to congratulate the Pope on taking the Papal seat. In meeting with the Pope, the Ambassador illustrated his...
Following the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, the Azhar has expressed its hopes for friendly relations with the Vatican. This comes two years after the Azhar cut all relations with the Vatican as a result of a statement of the resigned Pope that Christians in the Middle East are being persecuted...
Ties between the Azhar and the Vatican deteriorated in 2006 when the Pope held a speech at Regensburg University in Germany in which, according to the Azhar’s interpretation, he linked Islam to violence (Fātimah Khālid, al-Sabāh, Feb. 14, p. 3). Read original article in Arabic 
Dr. Shawqī Ibrāhīm ‘Abd al-Karīm, professor of jurisprudence at the Azhar University branch in Tantā, was elected to be the new Muftī of the Republic. He will replace Dr. ‘Alī Jum’ah whose term will end on March 3, 2013 (Lu’ay ‘Alī, al-Yawm al-Sābi’, Feb. 12, p. 5). Read original text in Arabic.
The Islamic newspaper al-Misrīyūn published an article entitled “Pope Tawadros complain to Germany about Egypt”.  After his three-day visit to Egypt, the German Volker Kauder, a CDU politician and Chairman of the CDU/CSU [Christian Democratic Union and Christian Secular Union] parliamentary group...
Expatriate Copts are launching a conference today (February 12) in Amsterdam the capital of the Netherlands. The report came on "Copts United website" as follows:  Dutch Coptic Association holds conference of “Egypt under MB rule” By-Girgis Tawfik | 7 February 2013 Coptic Dutch Association holds an...
Copts were angered by statements of al-Shaykh Abū Islām, owner of al-Ummah Satellite Channel, against Christianity. Copts considered his statements offensive to the Christ and Virgin Mary, demanding the Public Prosecutor to arrest him. Najīb Jubrā’īl, Coptic lawyer and head of the Egyptian Union of...
Dozens of Copts assembled in Samallūt Township outside of the office building of al-Minya Governorate, demonstrating against the state of lawlessness, thuggery, and kidnapping spreading in the Governorate, demanding the return of security in the streets. Midhat Loweis Jirjis [a Copt] said that a...
National Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (NTRA) will settle the issue of banning the YouTube website in Egypt after the verdict of the Administrative Court to ban the website for a month. The verdict was based on the YouTube-broadcasted video discrediting Prophet Muhammad and Islam, which...
DECLARATIO (Video) Dear Brothers, I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonizations, but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the Church. After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my...
Reports that four individuals suspected of belonging to the Salafī movement attacked Iranian President Muhammad Ahmadinejad with shoes during his visit to the Husayn Mosque have been denied by the head of Iran's Interest Section in Egypt, Mojtaba Amani. Amani stated that the President had been...

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