President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi called on Friday for a miniature meeting with high-ranking security officials following the militant attack that targeted a bus that carries Coptic citizens in Minya governorate, Egyptian Cabinet official spokesperson Ashraf Soltan said. According to the state-run news agency MENA, the incident took place on Friday morning when ten anonymous militants targeted a bus carrying Coptic worshippers who were going to a monastery located in Al-Qalmon area in Minya desert.
The number of Christians killed in an armed attack on buses carrying pilgrims in Upper Egypt’s Minya governorate has risen to 28, with 23 injured, the governor announced on Friday afternoon. In a phone call interview with local satellite channel ONTV live on Friday afternoon, Minya's governor, Essam El-Bedewy, announced the new death toll, adding that seven of the victims were from El-Minya while the other 21 were from Beni Suef governroate. Shortly after, Egypt's health ministry confirmed that the death toll had risen to 28.
Abba Paula, Bishop of Tanta, headed today the funeral of Rimon Youssef, the 29th Martyr of Tanta Church’s attack. Youssef died on Friday in Germany while he was receiving treatment at hospital. The funeral was attended by priests and congregation of Tanta.
Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of St. Mark See, donated his "Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow" prize money that he received from the International Foundation of the Unity of the Christian Orthodox Nations of Russia to build a church and a mosque in the new administrative capital of Egypt. The annual prize is presented to a person who promotes Christian values in society and works to strengthen the unity of the Orthodox peoples.
During his visit to Russia, Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of St. Mark See, received an international prize of "Strengthening Unity" presented by the International Foundation of the Unity of the Christian Orthodox Nations of Russia.
For one week the celebrations of the feast of St. Mary are held in her monastery in Jabal al-Tair, Samallout. The celebrations were attended by 2 million visitors and headed by Abba Pfnotious, Bishop of Samallout. The celebrations are serviced by 1500 ministers from the diocese of Samallout.
Cairo Police of Dar el-Salaam is investigating the assault on a Coptic Christian 15 years old girl whose hair was forcefully cut in school by a niqab-wearing woman. The father of Lydia reported police and the matter is currently under investigation.
The Coptic diocese of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, announced that Abba Julius, Patriarchal Vicar in the churches of the Gulf, will be visiting UAE June 2 to 6th. Bishop Julius will attend the 10th anniversary of the Cathedral as well as the national unity banquet organized by the church on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan.
Egypt’s Attorney-General Nabil Sadiq referred 48 defendants to military judiciary on charges of joining ISIL terrorist organization. The defendants were accused of planning for several terrorist attacks against Coptic churches.
Muslims will start fasting the holy month of Ramadan tomorrow. This is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Prophet Muhammad according to Islamic belief. However, in Egypt Muslims and Christians share the celebration of this month and consider it more cultural tradition than a religious one. Copts en