Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of St. Mark See, stopped his visit to Germany and returns to Cairo after his participation in the meetings of the Patriarchs of the Middle East hosted by the German Church under the title: "Christianity in the Middle East: Challenges and the Future. During the visit, Pope inaugurated a number of churches and conducted some medical examinations.
Coptic Orthodox Church in Ethiopia organized a medical caravan headed by Dr. Kamal Ibrahim, professor of spinal surgery at the University of Loyola Chicago, USA, and a medical team of 14 doctors. Ambassador Abu Bakr Hefni Mahmoud, Egypt s ambassador to Ethiopia, said that the caravan treats many people, conduct the delicate spinal surgery of the Ethiopians, and also trains Ethiopian medical team to perform these surgeries.
Abba Daniel, Bishop of Maadi, consecrated a new church on the name of St. George in Cotsica, Cairo, after it was restored. Spokesman of the Coptic Orthodox Church said that many deacons were ordained during the celebration as well.
A group of hardliners stoned a building related to the church as well as some houses of Copts as punishment for performing their prayers in the building. They perpetrators tried to storm into the building and destroy the surveillance cameras and also to set the church on fire. Police intervened and stopped them from breaking into the church and attack the Copts.
Council of Churches of Egypt issued a statement to condemn the terrorist attack on policemen in Wahat province near Cairo. On Saturday, Egyptian Interior Ministry announced that 16 policemen were killed and another was missing in the Friday shootout with terrorists in Wahat area in the desert of Giza province.
The media center of the Coptic Orthodox Church announced the church has started the second phase of 1000 ministers training on the Holy Bible and Theology has started. The statement added that the program includes five training workshops on the Holy Bible, the liturgy, the holy fathers, ecclesiastical history and the Coptic identity, and will receive trainees from all over Egypt.
Coptic Church issued a statement to denounce the terrorist attack against policemen in Wahat province. On Saturday, Egyptian Interior Ministry announced that 16 policemen were killed and another was missing in the Friday shootout with terrorists in Wahat area in the desert of Giza province near the capital Cairo.
Pope Twadros II participated in the opening session of ‘Christianity in the Middle East’ conference held in Berlin. The conference discusses problems of the Christian minority of the middle east and was attended by Patriarch Athanasius Ephrem II, Patriarch of Antioch and the rest of the East, the Catholicism of Kerakin II, the Armenian Catholics, and Mar Basilius Martuma Paulos II, the Orthodox Church Catholics.
Abba Mina, Bishop of Messiaga, Vancouver and Western Canada, celebrated the Holy Mass at St. Marks Church in Edmonton, which is the 40th anniversary of its establishment as the first Coptic church in western Canada. Father Ruis Rophael was promoted and a new deacon was ordained for the ministry.
Mina M. Azer
One man was standing on crutches, dancing with one foot with much joy at the victory of Egyptian football team, and the other was crying after the opposing team has scored in his country. They are Egyptians who have not received as much privileges in their country as other citizens in developed countries, but they have another thing in common which is the love of their country. Their slogan is Egypt in the heart.