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The Military Police forces guarded the cathedral fences and all gates out of concerns the violence could move closer to its surroundings. Some thugs tried to enter the cathedral on Wednesday morning, making it hard for many bishops to enter after it has closed all its gates. [‘Imān Ibrāhīm and...
Church sources said 13 metropolitans and bishops and four monks obtained recommendations for running in the elections to choose a new patriarch of the papal chair in succession of Coptic Orthodox Pope Shenouda III. [Author Not Mentioned, al-Jumhūrīyah, May 3, p. 3] Read text in Arabic [Reviewer’s...
Presidential candidate Muhammad Salīm al-‘Awwā said that his project focuses on the preservation of Arab Muslim identity, adding Christians are partners in the nation who enjoy all rights and committed to all duties. “The only posts denied to Copts are the grand shaykh of the Azhar and the minister...
“The nation is now like a ship boarding all. If it sinks, all will drown and if it sails through, all will survive,” said Hassān in a meeting with the Azhar students on Tuesday (April 17), urging followers of MB member Khayrat al-Shātir and Salafist Hāzim Salāh Abū Ismā’īl, both were disqualified...
The Egyptian Cultural Forum on Sunday (April 29) is holding a commemorative event on Pope Shenouda under the auspices of Dr. ‘Abd al-‘Azīz Hijāzī, the former prime minister, and Ambassador Ahmad al-Ghamrāwī in association with the Egyptian League for Muslims and Copts. [Muhammad al-Manādīlī, al-...
The Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) in the Upper Egyptian governorate of al-Minya under ‘Ādil Ramzī held a commemorative ceremony in tribute to Pope Shenouda on the anniversary of the 40th day of his death. The ceremony was attended by representatives of Muslim and Christian civil society...
Mark Nabīl, 20, the brother of blogger and political activist Michael Nabīl, objected to questioning by passports officials at Cairo Airport regarding his compulsory conscription status and whether he carried license by the armed forces to leave the country. Mark said that he was a “public figure...
Meanwhile, a military court on Thursday (April 26) adjourned the case of the October 9, 2011 incidents outside the state radio & TV building in the Cairo area of Maspero, which left dozens killed or wounded, to the next Thursday (May 3) session to hear witnesses for the defense upon the request...
Dr. Ahmad Kamāl Abū al-Majd, Vice-President of the National Council for Human Rights (NCHR), expressed his deep sorrow for the departure of his "friend”, Coptic Orthodox Pope Shenouda III. Abū al-Majd offered his condolences to the members of the Coptic Orthodox Holy Synod, and said that Pope...
Ambassador Mujtaba Amani, who heads the Iranian affairs mission in Cairo, offered his condolences to Bishop Pachomius for Pope Shenouda’s death, expressing the will to continue the religious dialogue with the Coptic Church. [Author not mentioned, al-Jumhūrīyyah, March 23, 2012, p. 2] Read the...
Possible presidential candidate Hamdīn Sabbāhī reiterated support for the implementation of the Islamic sharī'ah and maintaining the second article of the constitution, which, he said, respects all religions. "The Islamic sharī'ah is one of compassion and tolerance and would never undermine the...
Dr. Nājih Ibrāhīm, a member of the al-Jamā'ah al-Islāmīyah (Islamic Group) Shūrá Council, said Islamists in Egypt suffer from some flaws about making more and more friends, adding Egyptians have to brush aside trivialities that take much of their time and show more interest in serious issues. "...
On the other hand, Bishop Bakhomius of al-Beheira, Matrouh, North of al-Tahrīr and the five western cities, said his archbishopric is now overseeing the preparation and restoration of houses of Coptic families approved to return to their homes in the village of Sharbāt after a session held by a...
Elections of the executive committee for the general council of Apostolic Churches nationwide were finalized at the Coptic Evangelical Organization for Social Services (CEOSS) office in Itsā, al-Minya governorate, as Dr. Samīr Sādiq, pastor of the Apostolic Church in al-Tir’ah al-Būlāqīyah and...
Sa'd al-Husaynī, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (JFP) executive office, said the era of the dissolved National Democratic Party (NDP) is dead for good and will never come back to life, asserting that there is no anti-Copt position by the Brotherhood. Husaynī, during...
Security agencies on Wednesday (February 15) contained a sectarian fitnah in al-Ismā’īlīyah village in the Upper Egyptian governorate of al-Minya, where Muslim and Christian local residents exchanged hurling stones after priests and more than 100 Copts entered two houses and turned them into two...
A statement issued by the general local council in Alexandria condemned the decisions made at the end of an ‘urfī meeting on al-‘Āmrīyah incidents. The statement described the decisions as ones of “submission to the wishes of the assailants and inciters for vandalizing the property of some of the...
MP Marian Malāk forwarded a question in parliament over  Mīt Bashār incidents, calling for investigating the circumstances that led to the demolition of a church fence and burning of a chamber inside the Christian house of worship.  
The Maspero Youth Union (MYU) held the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) and police "entirely responsible" for any loss of life, property or that Copts besieged inside a church in the village of Mīt Bashār in al-Zaqāzīq, al-Sharqia governorate, or the Muslims trying to protect the church...
Alexandria Governor Dr. Usāmah al-Fūlī said denied that the deported families were seven, adding some satellite channels exaggerated things in a "community that is enjoying calm and stability" after the incidents that erupted late January 2012. "The 'urfī session, which I attended myself, only...

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