The monastery of Prince Tadros in Beni Shokier, Assiut, has suffered from destruction after the sweeping floods that destroyed the walls and drowned sheep farms and livestock and workshops. One man was lost in the floods called Mina Refaat and rescue teams are searching for him. The monastery is considered the oldest in the area and was established in the fourth century, but this is the first time it faces such destructive floods.
Pope Tawadros II said that the inauguration of the Cathedral of St. Mark in Abbasiyah will be held next Sunday. He added in his weekly sermon that the prayers will not include celebrations because of the recent terrorist attacks, and will be limited to the rituals.
Sources at Abu Makar monastery told Copts United that several people have jumped over the walls of the monastery trying to enter the monastery. just like a man did this 10 days before Bishop of the monastery was killed couple of months ago. 3 people entered the monastery yesterday by jumping over the walls, but they were allowed to leave after they apologized and assure they only wanted to take photos! Sources added that the land next to the monastery belongs to the Ministry of Antiquities and includes some Coptic antiquities, but some people are trying to use it, and the monastery has asked for permission to build a wall to protect it, but has not received any response yet.
The Coptic Orthodox Church is holding an international conference on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the establishment of Sunday schools inside the Egyptian churches. The Conference includes 10 scientific sessions held within the Orthodox Cultural Center in the Great Cathedral of St. Markia in Abbasia, that discuss the history, present and future of the Sunday schools in the Copts Church. The International Conference will be patronized by His Holiness Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria and the Patriarch of St. Mark See.
Melbourne Coptic Priests’ Synod decided that a committee of Melbourne priests are going to manage the diocese after the resignation of Bishop Suriel. They declared that the committee will be working under Pope Tawadros II and will concentrate mainly on the services to keep the peace of the church, and will issue a weekly report to inform the congregation on all updates.
Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of St. Mark See, received today a delegation from the Bundestag at the papal headquarter in St. Mark Cathedral. The delegation was headed by Mrs. Gidi Bensen, Chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid of the Bundestag The Bundestag is the German federal parliament. It can be compared to the lower house of parliament along the lines of the United States House of Representatives, the Irish Dáil Éireann or the House of Commons of the United Kingdom, with the Bundesrat, though a separate institution, having a similar role to the upper house of a bicameral parliament.
Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of St. Mark See, received today the priests of Manfalout at the papal headquarter in St. Mark Cathedral. the meeting was attended by Bishops locas of ABnoub and Youanis of Assiut. It is worth mentioning that Abba Antonius, Bishop of Manfalout, departed on March 18 and Bishop Youanis was appointed the Papal Vicar of Manfalout.
Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of St. Mark See, recieved on Monday the families of martyrs and victims of the incident of St. Samuel the Confessor in Minya at the papal headquarters of the Cathedral of St. Mark in Abbassia Pope Tawadros paid tribute to the families of the martyrs assuring the support of the Church for them and promised to take care of the victims currently receiving treatment at hospitals.
Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of St. Mark See, received on Monday the new British ambassador to Egypt, Sir Geoffrey Adam. The Coptic Orthodox Church Media Center said that they held a meeting at the papal headquarters of the Patriarchate of St. Mark in Abbasia.
The recent terrorist attack at the monastery of St. Samuel in Minya was indeed a tragedy, but we still have to face it since the Copts have not learned the lesson. I am not talking about security negligence and the role of the state, but rather about the Copts who walk in the way of death ignoring such great danger and get killed at the end. Let s remember here what the holy family did when Herod persecuted the ch