Police in Qena gave a temporary permission to the church of ST. Mary in Rahmania village, Dishna Diocese, to pray after it was closed since 1990. It’s worth mentioning that the church was built in 1930, but police closed it in 1990 claiming it has no permission.
Police returned the kidnapped Coptic child Paula Ramez, 8 years old, who was kidnapped one week ago. The kidnapper demanded 150.000 LE ransom, but police investigated the matter and arrested the kidnappers and the child was returned home.
The churches of the state of New South Wales receives Abba Angelos, Bishop of the Coptic Church in the United Kingdom, who came from Melbourne at the invitation of the Council of the churches of the state of New South Wales, Australia, to attend a public celebration prepared by the Council entitled “I was a stranger”.
National Council for Human Rights met with the Copts of Baida village, Amiriyah, who were attacked in the recent sectarian incidents in order to listen to them and write a report about the attacks. Mouse Makanoty, Coptic man from Baida village, that witnessed the recent attack against the Copts said that militants attacked our houses after rumors about turning a house into a church. He added that police arrested several Copts and let the militants enter their houses and destroy them.
Court released 8 Muslims accused in Karm sectarian attacks on 10.000 LE bail. An old lady was stripped nude in the attacks and several houses of Copts were destroyed.
Abba Paula, Bishop of Tanta, said that the government ignored comments of the churches concerning the unified law of building churches.
Abba Bemen, Bishop of Qena, perfumed yesterday the remains of St. George Mozahem. This came at the feast of the saint at Olikat village in Southern Qena.
Dr. Emad Gad, Coptic member of the Parliament said that the unified law of building houses of worship was referred to the specialized committees of the Parliament and will be discussed in two weeks
Mina M. Azer
I know it is a scary title to choose, since wars are scary in general. However, not all wars are too bad since some wars are waged against corruption that spread in our life and daily works. In fact, we hope that such war is increasing more and more. The news said that a silo manager was arrested for seizing four million pounds during operations of the receipt of wheat. Regulators have arrested several corrupt