Egypt and the European Union signed today two agreements for comprehensive growth and job creation to combat the challenges of migration in Egypt, with a total value of €135 million. The agreements were signed by Egypt s Minister of Investment Sahar Nasr and General Director of the Neighborhood Policy and EU Enlargement Christian Danielson. The minister clarified that the funding agreement for the program of EU s facility of comprehensive growth and job creation is worth €75 million. Nasr added that the agreement supporting the program to combat migration challenges in Egypt, worth €60 million, is funded by the European Emergency Fund for Africa, and includes contributions from Germany and the International Planning Organization.
The Board of Directors of the New Urban Communities approved the building of a new church in the city of Sadat. The new church will be built on 2000 square meters and will be following the Coptic Orthodox Church.
Abba Serapion, Archbishop of Los Angeles, visited the Monastery of St. Maurice in Switzerland as part of his pastoral visit to the diocese of southern France and the French sector of Switzerland. He was received by Abba Luke, Bishop of the diocese and a number of the clergy.
Abba Paula, Bishop of Tanta attended the Bridges of Peace Conference in Italy as representative of the Coptic Orthodox Church. The International Conference was held from 14 to 16 October in Bologna
Police in Luxor is taking extra security measures to prepare for the celebrations of St. George monastery in Rizigat, Luxor. Thousands of Copts and Muslims visit the monastery at the celebration to be blessed by the martyr St. George.
In a gesture of love, a young Christian calligrapher named Wassfi Tawadros decorated a mosque in his village in Abu Qurqas, Minya. He added that he was offered the job by a friend and he welcomed it and refused to receive money for it as a gesture of love to his friends and neighbors.
His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of St. Mark See, paid a visit to the shrine of the Metropolitan Bishoy of Damietta and Kafr El-Sheikh and former secretary of the Holy Synod. The late Bishop died at the age of 76 and was buried at a shrine in the Monastery of St. Demiana in Belqas. Pope was not able to attend his funeral since he was in a pastoral care visit to the United States of America.
Police were able to reveal the circumstances of the murder of a Coptic urologist called Nashaat in Deirout, Minya. Investigations revealed that the murderer was previously treated by the doctor, but his conditions was not improved. Therefore, he decided to get rid of him using a white weapon and escaped to Cairo afterwards.
Christian Students Union concluded today its meeting entitled Peace-building and Anti-Violence in Lebanon from October 8 to 14. Young people from several Arab countries participated in the conference including Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, Syria, Iraq and Sudan. After the meeting, the participants visited the Sabra and Shatila camp in order to learn about the activities presented in the camp.
This week, the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi returned home following an official visit to Russia during which he held talks with his Russian counterpart Valdimir Putin on several regional issues and signed a comprehensive partnership agreement between the two countries. They announced their determination to boost bilateral cooperation in the economic, industrial, investment, educational and cultural fields