Bishop Daniel of Sydney laid the foundation stone for the expansion of St. Mark Coptic College in Wattle Grove, NSW. The celebration was attended by Mr. Craig Kelly, Federal Member for Hughes, Clr Wendy Waller, Mayor of Liverpool, and Mr. Maid Zaki, Secretary of the NSW Coptic Schools Board.
Archbishop Markos of Shobra al-Khaimah ordained 68 new deacons in the rank of Ebsaltus (chanter) and promoted 52 deacons to the rank of Oghnostos (reader) at St. Antony Church in Basos . Father Oghostinos Helmy, priest of St. Antony Church in Basos was promoted to the rank of Hegumin.
The Egyptian communities in Europe launched a number of conferences in the European countries to explain the constitutional amendments to Egyptians residing abroad. The conferences aimed at educating Egyptians about the importance of positive and effective participation in the referendum procedures on the constitutional amendments. Emad Nassar, one of the participants, said that more than 5 conferences were organized in Paris alone.
Three new Coptic churches are being registered in the state of Indonesia, bringing the number of Coptic churches there to five. The service of St. Paul the Apostle, under the patronage of Father Dawood Lamie, priest of St. Mark the Apostle in Heliopolis, had registered two churches already in Indonesia: St. Cyril and St. Simon in the capital of Jakarta, and Ascension Church on the island of Sulawesi.
Bishop Demetrius of Malloy, Ansna and Ashmounin, promoted Father Hedra Tawfik to the rank of Hegumin on the occasion of the silver jubilee of his ordination a priest. The promotion occurred at St. Mary and St. Joseph in Mallawi in the presence of its clergy and congregation.
Tanta diocese celebrated the second anniversary of the 30 martyrs of Palm Sunday for three days. The celebration was attended by Bishop Salib of Mit Ghamr and Bishop Makary of South Shobra and Bishop Markos of Kafr El-Sheikh.
Police in Suhag have shut down the church of the Nag Khafir village after attacking the priests of the church. The decision comes to deprive Copts of the village for the first time in years from performing the religious rites in their church days before the holy week celebrations.
Bishop Daniel of Sidney laid the foundation stone of the Church of St. Marina in Bennett, west of Sydney. During celebrating the Divine Liturgy, the bishop ordained four new deacons. The bishop has also laid the foundation stone of a new service building on the name of St. Mina and St. Kirillos.
Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of St. Mark See, received ambassador of Ethiopia to Cairo Dina Mofty. Pope expressed his happiness with the historic relations between the two churches and also recalled cherished memories during his visit to Ethiopia in 2015.
A new church was closed today in Suhag after many discussions about closing churches and its negative impact on the Coptic public opinion, especially as we are getting ready to the referendum on the Constitution. People forget the number of churches legalized and all steps taken by the regime in the path of citizenship and makes people angry. In fact, such closure is a disgrace on the dignity of citizens and equa