Tariq al-Wasimi, Ambassador of Egypt in New Zealand, accompanies a delectation of the Coptic Church in New Zealand to offer their sincere condolences to families of the Egyptian victims of the bloody attack on two mosques in New Zealand. The Ambassador said that Egypt is ready to move the bodies of the martyrs back to Egypt. The Ambassador also visited the injured Egyptians in the incident to check on their health, explaining that they are in good health after several surgical operations were performed for them.
Ambassador Nabila Makram Abdel Shaheed, Minister of State for Migration and Egyptians Affairs abroad, will travel to New Zealand on Tuesday to visit the 11 injured Egyptians in the recent mosques attacks and to meet with members of the Egyptian community there. Ambassador Abed Al Shaheed also announced her initiative of the Humanitarian Love and Co-operation between Communities during her visit to Australia scheduled for next week as part of the "Reviving the Roots" campaign to celebrate the communities of Egyptian origin in Australia.
In a surprise movement, Minya Court decided yesterday to step down from the case of the Karm village and the burning of the houses of the Copts in Delja. Dr. Ihab Ramzy, lawyer of the victims, said that the case of the Karm village has been considered for 3 years and was postponed several times, but the court decided now to step down, and the case of the village of Delja enters the sixth year in court.
His Grace Bishop Markos of Shubra Al-Khaymah inspected today a number of churches in the diocese accompanied by Bishops Paisle and Gregory, the general Bishops in South America. They visited St. Mary Church in Mostorord and St. George Church in Qalioub. The visit was recorded and covered by a number of Coptic Channels.
Bishop Yoannis of Assiut ordained a new priest today for the church of St. Qulta and the new priest carried the name of Father Qulta. The new priest is going to spend a 40 days of spiritual retreat at the monastery of Jabal al-Tir in Assiut.
Bishop Besenti of Helwan and Maasara ordained on Sundaya new priest for the church of Abu Seifin in Helwan. The new priest father Abanoub Milad will spend a 40 days of spiritual retreat according to the Coptic rituals.
Bishop Zusima of Atfih ordained a new priest for the ministry of the diocese. Deacon Mina Faraj was ordained a priest and his new name was called Father John.
Bishop Paula of Tanta ordained 113 new deacons at St. George Church in Tanta at the basic rank of Ebsaltus. Hundreds of the congregation attended the holy mass to attend the ordination ceremony of the new deacons.
Bishop Daniel of Sydney, and Abba Danial, head of the Monastery of St. Shenouda, celebrated today the Golden Jubilee of the Coptic Church in Australia at the church of St. Mark in Sidney. The celebration was attended by the Australian Prime Minister who stood a minute of silence and offered condolences to the families of the victims on two mosques in New Zealand.
Pope Shenouda III was a source of inspiration for Egyptian Copts with his prestige, courage, firmness and determination. He was an outstanding wise man whose knowledge was impressive. Moreover, he was funny and long suffering as well as very sensitive. During his period, the Church faced many conflicts and problems, but he treated them with wisdom and could manage the situation with the least amount of losses. His