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Introduction by the translator The following is a translation of an e-mail by Sieghield Lacoere, the official spokesperson of the Belgian Minister of Justice, to Jarit Taelman, a Belgian journalist working with De Gazet van Antwerpen, “Re: Leslie Maras,” February 12, 2019. The original e-mail was...
Following what was written about the assassination of Bishop Epiphanius, the abbot of the St. Makarius Monastery on one hand, and what is happening in the corridors of that monastery on the other, some important remarks can be made, although there are to now no official information disclosed: 
  After the years that have elapsed since the operationalization of the Egyptian Family House, Father Makāriyyūs Fahīm calls for pausing briefly to evaluate this great project with its enormous potential and large budget that are commensurate with the big number of Muslim and Christian clerics that...
Everybody who is psychologically balanced aspires to peaceful coexistence between the Sunnis and the Shiites, and among the followers of all religious sects and communities. Sectarianism is a lethal poison threatening any nation that strives for security and economic stability. Throughout the first...
 The Bahā’ī faith entered Egypt in 1864. A governmental decree was issued in 1960 to dissolve all Bahā’ī gatherings in Egypt. There is no precise enumeration of Baha’is in Egypt.  The city of Acre, Akko, or ʿAkkā in Arabic, is the holiest city for the Bahā’ī faith, and is occupied by Israel.
Deutsche Funk Radio said that the Egyptian (Dār al-Iftā’) is playing an important role in the government’s initiative to combat high birth rates. The broadcaster pointed out that Egyptian authorities are particularly concerned about the phenomenon of early marriage, which results in an increase in...
‘The Bank of Free Medicine’ was dreamt up by an Imām, whose mosque lies in the village of al-Dūwādīya in the governorate of Minyā, after he was asked by patients of all classes and colours to help them fund their treatment. He shared his idea with a group of young people in the East Delta villages...
Although President ʿAbd al-Fattāḥ al-Sīsī has called upon the imams of al-Azhar, on several occasions, to renew the religious discourse, this call remained unanswered.
We should not rely on the argument that militant and terrorist organizations are punishing the Copts for supporting the June 30 Revolution. We might have accepted such an excuse, had these organizations not committed terror acts before June 30 against the Copts and their houses of worship....
«Islam shall be the State’s religion and Arabic its official language» is the formulation of Article 149 of Egypt’s constitution of 1923, and which Ṭāha Ḥusayn warned of as being a threat that jeopardized both the political life and the freedoms of the human being. The dean of Arabic language and...
Since ʿAmr ibn al-ʿĀṣ conquered Egypt in the seventh century, the Coptic and Jewish genuine citizens have been treated as ‘ahl al-dhimma’ (people under protection), that is, they had to pay an annual tax, with the exemption of male minors and elders, as both either did not reach the legal age of...
Clashes occurred yesterday between two families, one Muslim and one Coptic, in the village of Malawi in the Minya governate.
Despite the absence of a legal text criminalizing the construction of churches over the past decades, many houses of worships for Egyptian Christians were built without license, leading eventually to occasional emergence of sectarian strife manifested in the form of attacks on places where...
After the outside world had renounced them, Egypt’s leprosy patients chose to live in their colony, in order to escape strange looks and social stigma. Although cured from their disease that was long thought of being contagious, former leprosy patients visit regularly the 12-feddan site surrounded...
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...
One is deeply shocked by the flow of reports and statements from the West, especially from human rights organizations concerning accusations of injustice in Egypt, stubbornly provoking the Egyptian people before Egyptian leadership by allegedly claiming that the largest mass revolution in the...
On what concerns the policy of refugees adopted by the U.S., Egypt represents the leading example in tackling the refugee issue, especially for countries that have been affected, and still are, by the crisis of millions of asylum seekers, in particular those of the EU, hence harshly criticized by...
The Moroccan component and its place in the make-up of both rural and urban Egypt is a story which deserves to be told, for it is a subject which has remained unknown for a long time in Egypt. Despite the fact that many remain unaware of the presence of Moroccans in Egypt, this minority has in fact...
On November 18, Egypt inaugurates the restoration of the Cathedral of St. Mark in ‘Abbassiyah. In June this year, the Coptic Orthodox Church celebrated its golden jubilee since its foundation that was laid down in 1965 by President Jamāl ʿAbd al-Nāṣir in 1965 and under the papacy of Pope Kirillus (...
Tuesday, the day after tomorrow, concurs with the Coptic New Year and the Islamic New Year according to the Hijrā calendar. This is the second occasion this year which has brought together both Copts and Muslims of Egypt. Perhaps these things make us aware of the imperativeness of our coexistence...

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