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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. 
Conflict between the Church and Islamic political movements developed after the Church's withdrawal from the Constituent Assembly and the Presidency's disregard for Coptic demands. Coptic Orthodox Bishop Marqus of Shubrā al-Khaymah said: “The Church does not fear the regime. The future of the State...
Before the Coptic Orthodox altar lot that decided the new Coptic Orthodox Pope, candidates for the Coptic Orthodox papal seat promised to take care of hanging issues in the Church. 
Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II met with “Copts 38” group and said that if the Church decided to nullify a marriage then a civil divorce should take place
In a statement he delivered on Saturday, December 22, Dr. Yāsir Burhāmī, Deputy of the Salafī Call (al-Da’wah al-Salafīyah), attacked media outlets, the Coptic Church, and the opposition.
 Al-Watan reported that Coptic activists complained that despite a large turnout to cast their ballots on the second phase of the Constitutional referendum, Egyptian Christians, particularly in Upper Egypt, have been prevented from reaching their polling stations. In Mahallat Dīyāy of al-Dusūq...
His Holiness Pope Tawāḍrūs II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of St. Mark, and the Grand Imam Dr. Aḥmad al-Ṭayyib, Shaykh of al-Azhar, with President ʿAbd al-Fattaḥ al-Sīsī standing between the two, and behind all three are models of the al-Fatāh al-ʿAlīm Mosque and the Cathedral of the Nativity.
The Azhar’s Grand Shaykh Dr. Ahmad al-Tayīb greeted Copts for Christmas, expressing his hope to strengthen the ties between Egyptians.
The Armed Forces greeted Coptic Orthodox, Catholic and Evangelical Christians for Christmas.
Archpriest Salīb Mattá Sawirus, member of Coptic Church Milī (Lay) Council (al-Majlis al-Milī), said: “On the contrary of what ‘Abd al-Ghaffūr said, Pope Tawadros is being a great example of Christian forgiveness. His messages to Copts are always about praying for the nation.

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