In what was described by Coptic activists as systematic forced disappearance of Coptic Christina girls, another Coptic gird disappeared in Upper Egypt. The victim this time is called Catharine Sameh from Sohag and was reported missing on May 15th. Police were reported and the matter is currently under investigation.
Abba Bacilious, bishop of St. Samuel monastery headed the prayers at the place of the terrorist attack where dozens of Copts were shot dead. 28 Copts including children were killed as they were heading to visit the monastery.
For the first time in years, Abba Suriel, bishop of Melbourne, celebrated the Pentecost, among his congregation in Sidney as he used to attend the feast in Cairo to attend the meeting of the Holy Synod. He sermonized the people about the foundation stone of the church which is Love, peace and visiting the people.
Abba Daniel, Bishop of Maadi and General Secretary of the Holy Synod, ordained two new consecrated nuns at the nuns house in the diocese. The new nuns are Sister Demiana and Sister Perpetwa.
Abba Arsanious, bishop of Minya and Abba Makarios, general Bishop of Minya, ordained 5 new priests at the diocese. The new priests are fathers Hanania Moris, Besada Thabet, Anthon Atef, Lucas Flimon and Yaccoub Saad. The new priests headed to Paramous monastery at Wadil Natroun to spend 40 days of spiritual retreat according to the Coptic ritual.
Dr. RAbie Anwar Fateh al-Bab, Professor of Constitutional Law and Undersecretary of the Faculty of Law, University of Ain Shams, insulted Christianity and the church in his book at the university. Moreover, he said the student who won t repeat the same insults while answering the exams will indeed fail.
The Egyptian Cabinet permitted the building of a Catholic church in the new administrative capital and dedicated a piece of land for that purpose. The construction of the new church will start soon and sources expected that the three Christian communities will have churches in the new administrative capital.
Police allowed visitors of the monastery of St. Samuel the confessor to commemorate the first anniversary of the martyrs whom were killed on their way to the monastery. The commemorative mass will be celebrated next Saturday at the monastery and will be headed by Abba Bacilious, head of the monastery. This came after the monastery called the president to intervene and allow visitors to the monastery.
The diocese of Maghagha headed by His Grace Bishop Agathon commemorates the first anniversary of the martyrs of St. Samuel monastery in which 28 Copts were shot dead by the terrorists. Bishop Agathon is going to transfer the bodies of 7 martyrs of Dir al-Garnous village to a special shrine prepared for them next to the church of St. Mary in their village.
As Muslims in Egypt are fasting during the Holy Month of Ramadan, Coptic Christians are getting ready to fast the apostles fasting. It is great that Egyptians realize they have too many things in common. Yet, many people insist on exposing and increasing the differences. One of those people who want to concentrate on the differences and even ignite them and turn them into disputes and hatred is Dr. Rabie Anwar Fat