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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. 
Coptic Orthodox Pope Shenouda III is often praised, in particular by his own followers, for his ecumenical stances. The reality is, however, somewhat different, as the decisions of the Coptic Orthodox Holy Synod show. All synod meetings were presided over by Pope Shenouda, a strong and charismatic...
The author reviews a new book entitled, ’ The Churches of Egypt. From the Journey of the Holy Family to the Present Day’ which includes Christian sites from all over Egypt.
The Basilica of Saint Peter has recently seen the inauguration of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger as Pope Benedict XVI, the 265th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church and sovereign of Vatican City 16 days after the funeral of Pope John Paul II.
The author reflects on the life and experiences of Michael Fitzgerald, the new Apostolic Nuncio to Egypt and the Roman Catholic delegate to the League of Arab States and the significant future contributions he can make to Christian-Muslim dialogue.
Vatican-Israeli relations have been stable since October 28, 1965, when Pope Paul VI stated that not all Jews should be blamed for Jesus’ death. However, a problem has recently arisen between the Vatican and Israel because Pope Benedict XVI failed to mention Israel among his list of countries who...
The last century witnessed the Christian-Islamic talks aiming to establish cooperation between the two religions and preserve religious and moral values in society.
The head of the Azhar Permanent Committee of Inter-Religious Dialogue says that dialogue with others is an Islamic concept and is very essential. He explains that despite the fact that dialogue with the west has been going on for a quarter a century, the goals it achieved are very few because...
The remains of Mark the Apostle remained in the hands of Egyptian Christians since his martyrdom in his church in Bolka [Alexandria] in 68 AD. The body remained there during the Byzantine rule. During the period of Pope Kyrillos VI, Pope Paul VI agreed to Pope Kyrillos’s demand to return the body...
Catholic father Rafiq Greish, Orthodox archpriest Salib Matta, and Protestant reverend Ikram Lamai responded to Rose El-Youssef’s article "seizing an extremist Christian group" The latter two did not restrict their arguments to the Adventists, but discussed the Catholic Church and popes. The author...
Bishop Stephanous II, the Catholic Patriarch of Egypt, said that the bigotry of Pope Shenouda is the reason behind stumbling the process of the drawing closer of the Christian denominations. He added that the Orthodox emigrant Copts are the ones behind the stirring up of the issue of the...
Subtitles: The Muslims: The apology is political and not religious. The Catholics: The Pope’s aim is spreading peace. The Orthodox: The apology represents a European vision and not a Christian vision. The apology declaration which was delivered by Pope John Paul II, the Pope of Vatican, during the...
A resume of the life and achievements of Pope John Paul II.
The question that Copts are asking now is whether the meeting of Pope John Paul II with Pope Shenouda will end or at least quicken the ending of the conflict between the Orthodox and the Catholic Churches. The disagreement goes back to more than 1500 years ago. It centers on a main issue, which is...
Pope John Paul hopes to fulfill his dream of tracing the footsteps of Jesus Christ next March when he makes a visit to Holy Land sites ruled by Israel and the Palestinian Authority, the Vatican said Wednesday.
The Vatican has recently announced that Pope John Paul II will visit the holy places in the Middle East in March 2000. It is hoped that the visit will provide an opportunity for the Pope to meet with Muslims and that the meeting will enhance the knowledge and mutual appreciation and respect between...
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