Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of St. Mark See, attended the celebration of photography competition called Egypt is Beautiful at the Great Cathedral of St. Mark. The competition was organized by the Media Center of the Coptic Orthodox Church, and aims to show the beauty of Egypt and its great history and its spectacular sightseeing.
The government denied the shut down of 3 churches in Minya this month assuring the 3 claimed places have never applied to the committee to legalize churches according to the law assuring that freedom of worship is supported by the Egyptian constitution. It is worth mentioning that several churches have applied according to the law, but are still closed like churches of Qabbabat and Kafr Waslin in Atfih and five other churches in Esna, Luxor, as well as several churches in Suhag.
His Grace Bishop Barnabas of Turin and Rome received Egyptian Ambassador to the Vatican Mahmoud Sami at the headquarters of the diocese in Rome. The Ambassador headed a delegation to congratulate the Copts in Rome on Christmas.
Coptic activist Isaac Ibrahim denounce today governmental denial of church existence in Zafrana village assuring it supports the extremists and their attacks on churches. Ibrahim said that Samalout diocese issued a statement yesterday showing that police have shut down 6 churches for more than 15 years, and called all dioceses to issue similar statements to show the closed churches and the real size of the problem.
The Coptic Orthodox Church celebrated the circumcision ceremony on Monday. The feast is related to the remembrance of the circumcision of Jesus Christ when he was a child, according to the holy Bible.
Bishop Bemen of Qus had undergone an operation following a heart stroke. His health conditions have improved and he is expected to leave hospital in few days.
His Grace Bishop Yusab of Luxor inaugurated two alters at the Cathedral of St. George in Swaki Siagh in Luxor. The two alters carry the name of St. Mark and the other of St. John the beloved. He also inaugurated the holy vessels of the alters in the presence of several priests and the congregation.
Mohammad Anwar Esmat Sadat, former MP, called the Supreme Committee to confront sectarian events to play its role in the recent events that took place at Zafarana village in Minya. He added that this is the first real test on the ground to remove feelings of tension, anger and distress.
A number of Coptic lawyers reported the Attorney General against the Governor of Minya over recent sectarian attacks in the governorate and the shutdown of a church in Zafarana village, Minya. The lawyers are Nabil Azmy, Amgad Murad Basta, Ramses Najjar, Atef Nazmi, and Hani Ramses. Videos documenting the events were also presented to the Attorney General.
Following the scandal of Zafarana village in Minya, where hundreds of extremists supported by certain agencies or parties prevented some people from holding their prayers. According to article 46 of the Egyptian constitution, many people tired to condemn the victims including bishop Makarious of Minya. Their cheap attempts was supported by an anchor and a statement of the Evangelical Church. Yet, we shouldn t forge