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Within the Coptic Orthodox Church lies a controversial issue: whether to remain strict in the separation of the Church from other churches since the Council of Chalcedon in 451 AD, or to open a real dialogue with other communities in order to overcome the differences of the past 16 centuries. 
The Damanhūr Criminal Court referred the papers of the monks Wā’il Saʿd Tawāḍrūs, and Faltaʾūs al-Maqārī, accused of killing Bishop Epiphanius, to the Grand Mufti for legal opinion on the execution of the death sentence. The court decided to schedule the hearing session for April 24, 2019 to...
The ecumenical dialogue and the review of differences, that created the great schism in 451 in the Council of Chalcedon, constitute an essential point in the existing conflict inside the Coptic Orthodox Church between the hard-line and the reformist currents. The hard-line current that had been...
  Egyptian media articles released this morning tackled many issues, some of which are reviewed below:
We are all witnessing that the assassination of Bishop Epiphanius by a monk inside the monastery is a hardship the Egyptian Church is enduring. The Coptic Orthodox Holy Synod had to defrock this monk, after evidences proved his involvement in the crime.  That killing was a tragic incident which...
In few days the year 2018 will end, but major events occurred that will need decisions of the Holy Synod, presided by Pope Tawāḍrūs II.
The Holy Synod Secretary Bishop Daniel stated that the Coptic Orthodox Church issued no statements regarding the decision to defrock two monks of the St. Makarius Monastery, also known as Abu Maqār Monastery, for not complying to the regulations of monastic life and disobeying the abbot of their...
Yesterday morning, The Coptic Orthodox Church was shaken by the murder of Bishop Epiphanius, the Abbot of the Monastery of St. Makarius in Wādī al-Natrūn. The preliminary police investigations revealed that the murderer hit the victim on the back of his head with a sharp object breaking his skull...
Knowledgeable Church sources informed al-Dustūr that Pope Tawāḍrūs II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of St. Mark, made rearranging the ecclesiastical home his first priority immediatelyafter returning from his current visit to the United States.
In an interview hosted by Sky News TV Channel, Coptic Orthodox Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria, Tawāḍrūs II, said that Bishop Epiphaniyūs, who was killed close to his cell inside the Abū Maqār Monastery (St. Makarius [Makāriyyūs] Monastery), was cherished and respected by everyone, adding, that in...
Despite confessing before the official investigation authorities of his complicity with the defrocked Monk Ishʿayāʾ al-Maqārī in the murder of Anbā Epiphaniyūs, Bishop of the St. Makāriyyūs Monastery in Wādī al-Natrūn, but the Holy Synod’s Monastic Affairs Committee has not yet decided the fate of...
An article in memorium of Metropolitan Bishop Bishoy (1942-2018)
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. 
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...
 Nārīmān Fawzī begins this article by recalling a horrific scene that took place inside a monastary in Egypt. On July 29, an unprecedented and heinous murder occurred in the St. Makarius the Great Monastery or best known as Deir Anba Maqār in al-Bihīra. Here, the local abbot, Bishop Epiphaniyūs,...
In his column this week, the journalist and writer ʿImād al-Dīn Ḥusayn tackles the reformation path of the Coptic Orthodox Church under the ministry of Pope Tawāḍrūs II: The aftermath of Bishop Epiphaniyūs’ murder, the abbot of The Monastery of Saint Makarius in Wādī al-Naṭrūn, many people believe...
In this week’s column, Rev. Fr. Anjilūs Jirjis of the Coptic Orthodox Diocesan Church of Port-Said highlights the history of monasticism and the tragic death of Bishop Ipiphāniyūs inside his monastery In one of the many episodes of the persecution of the Copts, Pope Cosmas II hid in a small village...
The Egyptian Church decided not to accept any new monks in monasteries and churches for one year, after the killing of Bishop Ipiphāniyūs (Epiphanius), Abbot of the Abu Maqār Monastery (Saint Makarius the Great) days ago.
The Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the Holy See of St. Mark, Pope Tawāḍrūs delivered three important messages in his speech to the monks of Abu Maqār Monastery at the funeral of Bishop Epiphaniyūs, who was found dead at his monastery on Sunday morning.
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