Hani Ramses, Coptic lawyer, said that meeting of the Supreme Committee to confront sectarian incidents is one right step towards solving the problem since it has summoned the governor of Minya to question him. He added that the governor was accused of giving false information about the closed churches and they hope that the Committee will order the reopening of the closed churches.
The Egyptian Council of Churches is celebrates its sixth anniversary on February 9th, 2019 at the Catholic Theological school in Maadi. His Beatitude Patriarch Ibrahim Ishaq, Patriarch of the Catholic Copts will host the event that will be attended by heads of the Christian Churches of Egypt.
Commemoration of the visit of the Holy Family to the land where Abu Hennis monastery was built, Mallawy diocese is helping its annual celebration of the visit of the holy family to its land, which coincides with the glorious Epiphany feast. The ceremony this year will be attended by His Eminence Bishop Demetrius, Bishop of Malloy and Alashmonin.
Bishop Peter of North and South Carolina, USA, ordained a new priest for the ministry at the diocese. The ordination ceremony was carried out at the church of Archangel Michel at Greenville, South Carolina, in the presence of Abba Bezel and Abba Gregory, general bishops of the United States of America.
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.
For the first time, the Egyptian government come out to comment on church attack by fanatics. This time, the government denied the existence of 3 churches that were claimed to be closed by the Copts. I was surprised to know that the three churches were not included on lists of legalization, which raises even more questions about why they were not included!