Father Yacoub Labib, priest of St. George chruch in Beni Bekhait village, participated in the opening celebration of a new mosque. The celebration was attended by several officials in Beni Suef Governorate.
Bishop Suriel of Melbourne received the order of Saint Ignatios 2017 during the annual celebration of the Academy of St. Ignatius Theological in Stockholm, in the presence of many church leaders led by Bishop Abakir Bishop of the Scandinavian countries and Dr. Michael Hjalm, Dean of the Academy. In his speech, Bishop Suril talked about Archdeacon Habib Girgis and his achievements in the Coptic Orthodox Church during the twentieth century.
Abba Ghobrial, Bishop of Beni Suef, said during his weekly sermon that the Coptic Orthodox Church does not accept the baptism of the Catholic Church but recognizes the catholic immersion in baptism, but has to be followed by Coptic Orthodox chrism. He explained that the person is not allowed to take communion or get married in the Orthodox Church until they are anointed with myron, the holy anointing oil.
Abba Youssab, General Bishop of Luxor, celebrated the feast of Archangel Michael at the church carrying his name in Luxor. The congregation celebrated the Midnight praise and then the Holy Mass.
THE Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop of the United Kingdom, was named the new President of the International Bible Society that works in over 200 countries with a mission to bring the Bible to life for every man, woman and child. For his Part, Bishop Angelos said: I consider it an incredible honor to serve as President of the Bible Society, an institution that has historically served to share the message of hope through the word of God. This is a time in which Britain, and our world needs the hope that can only come from the inspired message of God in the Scriptures, and it is up to us to be a faithful conduit of this life-giving message.
Saint Ignatios foundation decided this week to award Bishop Suriel of Melbourne the Order of Saint Ignatios 2017. His Grace was born in Port Said, but moved at the age of four to Australia. Bishop Suriel was nominated for having built up St. Athanasius College in Melbourne during the last ten years, which is the first Coptic institution in the world that is accredited for university degrees. Already from the beginning, he chose an inter-orthodox line and invited other Orthodox churches to participate in constructing the institution. Patriarch Irinej of Serbia in Belgrade, with the help of Bishop Irinej, the previous bishop of the Serbian Diocese of Australia, made a pastoral visit as a confirmation of the cooperation between the church families, and father John Behr from St. Vladimirs in New York is one of the teachers who has taught at St. Athanasius.
During the celebration of the 4th anniversary of Council of Churches of Egypt, Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of St. Mark See, said that the council has become a special Coptic Christian voice in Egypt. Pope added that Christians should rejoice in Christ at all times and that we complete one another by our differences.
Dr. Ahmed Karam, Professor of Sharia at Al-Azhar, said that having sexual intercourse with the dead wife or beast is not clearly legitimate, but it came as a precautionary action to prevent adultery. He added that Islamic scholars shouldnt discuss such sensitive topics in the public.
Milan Coptic Bishopric has obtained a permit to transfer the body of the late Bishop Cyrilus to a special shrine that was prepared for him. The 40th day memorial service of His departure was held at the headquarters of Milan diocese and another memorial service was held by his bother His Holiness Abba Boutros, Bishop of Shebin El Qanater.
The only way out of our crises is to insist on the new national civil state project, based on the principles of citizenship, equality, the rule of law and human rights. These were the words of President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi addressed to the whole world in the UN General Assembly. However, if we think about the situation in Egypt, we shall find the opposite of this speech on the ground. This includes the official inst