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Pope Shenouda III isolated Father Benyamin, former bishop of the holy Virgin and Saint Athanasius Church in Cyprus due to alleged financial corruption. The Coptic Orthodox community there complained to Pope Shenouda and called for their isolated bishop to be reinstated.
A crisis seems to be looming after the parish of the Limassol Virgin Mary Church closed down the church before officials of the Middle East Council of Churches could set up their headquarters at the church.
The Coptic Orthodox Church rejects reconciliation with Max Michel unless he gives up his rank and name and apologizes to Pope Shenouda. Rumors spread about communication between Michel and the former Bishop Benyamin of Cyprus who was recently defrocked.
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