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It was again a customary reconciliation session, not the rule of law, that solved the sectarian attack on Christians who had performed their religious rituals last Sunday in the third floor of a church-service premise at the Kom al-Raheb [Kawm al-Rāhib] village, Qūṣiyah, Assiut or Asyut.
Despite their approval by the Parliament, some laws were not properly enforced due either to the non-issuance of their executive regulations or to the unjustifiable disruption of their application by the executive authority. Foremost among these is the Church Building and Restoration Law that was...
Intensive contacts between Egyptian feminist movements and Tunisian human rights activists and MPs discuss means and ways to benefit from the Tunisian experience in introducing provisions for the equality in inheritance between men and women.
Gamal Mostafa [Jamāl Muṣṭafá], head of the Islamic, Coptic and Jewish Antiquities Department at the ministry of antiquities, made an inspection visit to the church of Saints Bīshāy and Bīgūl, also known as the Red Monastery.
Targeting Copts on their way back from the St. Samuel the Confessor Monastery last week was not only a cowardly terror attack on innocent people, but also alarm bells signalizing for the hundredth time that the terror operations of the Islamic State -or Dāʿish- are not done on the spur of the...
Dr. ʿAbd al-Ghaffār Shukr (Abdel-Ghaffar Shokr), Vice President of the National Council for Human Rights (NCHR), has held several positions, including vice president of the Center for Arab and African Research in Cairo, and head of the former Socialist Popular Alliance. He is one of the veteran...
Security forces in Libya have arrested the Egyptian terrorist Hishām ʿAshmāwī  in the eastern city of Darnah.
Pope Tawadros appoints Bishop Paula in place of Bishop Bishoy
After the death of Metropolitan of the dioceses of Kafr al-Shaykh and Damietta, Bishop Bīshūy, rumors spread that his deputy is to preside over the St. Damiana [Dimiyānā] convent of which the late bishop was the president. The monastery of the martyr St. Damiana [Dimiyānā] in the south of Damietta...
Shākir Arbān, legal representative for Washington Copts organization, sent a memo to the Egyptian presidency asking the President to remove Maurice Sādiq and other expatriate Coptic leaders from the list of people declared persona non grata.This came after rumors of releasing Wajdī Ghunaym as one...
In another development, Nādir al-Sirafī, a spokesperson of the 1938 Copts Movement, said he sent a letter to Field Marshal Husayn Tantāwī, Chairman of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) that included complaints about the state’s slackness to solve the crisis between the movement and the...
As the Holy Synod is meeting soon under acting patriarch Bishop Pachomius to decide on bishops nominated for the papal chair of Saint Mark, signature-collecting campaigns of the so-called East Bells Union of Alexandria Churches intensified to reiterate rejection of the nomination of bishops who...
Dr. Usāmah Ahmad ‘Abd Allāh, the CEO of al-Ummah channel and Maria channel, which he plans to launch soon, said Maria is dedicated for niqāb-wearing women only and there will be no men on the crew at all. He said that the channel will be totally separate from al-Ummah, owned by his father, Shaykh...
Naguib Gabriel [Najīb Jubrāʾīl], President of the Egyptian Union of Human Rights Organization (E.U.H.R.O), submitted a draft proposal to amend the Penal Code to the Egyptian Parliament. The amendments to the penal code are to classify crimes of assault on Christian places of worship and/or church-...
Acting patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church held a series of meetings marked by confidentiality with some bishops of the Holy Synod to reach a guiding list of some presidential candidates to agree on one of them to be backed by the church in the forthcoming elections. The church has set some...
Several presidential candidates were keen to meet veteran politician Mustafá al-Fiqī, including ‘Abd al-Mun’im Abū al-Futūh. Al-Fiqī discussed with Abū al-Futūh a state of doubts prevailing in the Egyptian street over the Islamist candidate, particularly by proponents of a civil state and women who...
Archpriest Andarāwus ‘Azīz Sulaymān, who obtained a court ruling in 2002 to return to his priestly position, said he received a phone call from a woman working at the papal office, adding the phone conversation revealed information about the destiny of some priests and bishops who were banished...
His Beatitude Ibrāhīm Isḥāq Sidrāk, the Coptic Catholic Patriarch of Alexandria, Egypt, visited the Franciscan friars in North York, Toronto, Canada. Father Fādī As’ad, parish priest of the Holy Family Church in Toronto, accompanied the Patriarch during his pastoral visit which he resumed Monday,...
A source in the Coptic Orthodox Church in Alexandria revealed a split among members of the Millī Council – seven members – over persons most likely to be the next patriarch of Copts in succession of Pope Shenouda III. Some Copts in the northern Egyptian Mediterranean city now call the Millī Council...

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