The Coptic Orthodox Church, headed by Pope Twadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of St. Mark See, congratulated President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, and the Egyptian people on the liberation of Sinai national feast. In its statement, the church wished Egypt all development, prosperity and peace. Sinai liberation day is a public holiday in Egypt which celebrates the liberation of the land of Sinai from occupation back to Egyptian sovereignty. It is the anniversary of the liberation of the peninsula of Sinai corresponding to April 25 of each year, celebrating the day in 1982 when Egypt recovered the land of Sinai and the withdrawal of the last Israeli soldier from the city of Taba in 1988.
Muslims and Christians in Tabqa celebrated the restoration of the holy cross over the church of Saints Sergius and Bacchus 7 years after it was destroyed by ISIS. The church returned to life with the first steps of its rehabilitation, announcing the return of the Christian community to the city of Tabqa after years of displacement outside.
Abba Takla, Bishop of Dishna, left the New Jersey after completing his visit to the Coptic congregation there heading to Nashvilleto where he is going to spend about 2 weeks. He was invited by Bishop Youssef of South America to sermonize at the spiritual renaissance on April 28th.
Hany Badry, father of the 11 year old disappeared child Fady, pleaded with the police to find his son who disappeared on April 5th in Tima, Suhag. Police were reported ever since, but the child was not to be found. The family accused none o kidnapping the child, and nobody called to demand a ransom.
Abba Angelos, Bishop of Northern Shobra churches, ordained a new deacon at the church of St. Mary in Baba Doplo in Shobra. The bishop checked the new buildings at the church after the Holy Mass.
On the occasion of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the church of St. Verena in the city of Bussum received San Kyril choir that gave a concert entitled Christ the Servant . The choir consists of 150 singers from the Coptic churches in England, France and the Netherlands, and musicians from Egypt, Germany, the Netherlands, France and England.
Abba Wissa, Archbishop of Balaiana, celebrated the Holy Mass at the church of St. Mary and St. Anthony in Queens, New York, USA. The visit comes during the celebrations of the resurrection of Jesus Christ as part of a pastoral care visits.
International Maestro Bishoy Awad said that Coptic music dates back to the Pharaonc era and is considered a spiritual extension of it. This came during a lecture about Coptic music in St. Mark Cathedral in Alexandria. He added that the Greek philosopher Plato in the fifth century BC has testified that Egyptian Pharaonic music is the most complete form of music.
Abba Takla, Bihsop of Dishna, celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the Church of Archangel Michael in New Jersey. His Eminence is going to participate in the spiritual celebration at the church at the end of this month invited by Abba Youssef, Bishop of South America.
Mina M. Azer
In a great movement towards improving the relations with Africa, Egypt s Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri opened one of the two Egyptian dialysis centers in Burundi this week. The center is funded by the Egyptian Agency for Partnership for Development of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The opening ceremony was attended by the Minister of External Relations and International Cooperation of Burundi and a number of sen