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Pledge to build a large church alongside a mosque meant as a symbol of respect among Egyptians
Question of church constructions stir several sectarian incidents
Head of the Coptic Orthodox Church Pope Tawadros II warned on Monday against the repercussions of recent sectarian violence, citing 37 assaults on Copts since 2013. Tawadros delivered a speech while meeting with the parliamentary Religious Committee, following violent clashes between Muslims and Christians in Minya and Beni Suef last week. Despite the state’s tendency to solve the conflicts …
President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi met with Gregorios III Laham patriarch of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church Monday in occasion of Coptic Christmas on 7 January.
The visit is the first since 1967
Age limit had previously caused controversy amongst Coptic community
By Wael Eskandar “People talk about human rights, but what about God’s rights?” said Pope Tawadros in his sermon on the eve of Coptic Christmas on 6 January. These words, and most others in the same sermon rang hollow, as I recalled the opening lines of chapter thirteen in the book of Corinthians: “If I …
The conference gathered a group of international religious scholars
The Egyptian president started his three stop Europe tour with talks in Italy
Pope met with senior officials, members of Russian Orthodox Church
By Amr Khalifa “A girl writes she is every Egyptian young man’s dream. She thinks she is a visa to Kuwait.” via _El_haram . Welcome to Twitter political humour, a humour that lays bare an Egypt consecutive regimes have sought to paint as rosier than its reality. Conflict, bloody and otherwise, has a deep impact …
AFP – Israel’s government is boycotting its Palestinian counterpart with relations to a new low, and when their two presidents join Pope Francis in a Vatican prayer for peace on Sunday politics are likely to be absent. Israeli President Shimon Peres and his Palestinian counterpart Mahmud Abbas have been acquaintances for years and held peace …
In fact, the pope’s “pilgrimage of prayer”, which begins in Jordan on Saturday, will leave a relatively faint footprint in Israel.
The visit, first of its kind, praised as “a beautiful message”
Amid reports Christians are being ‘punished’ for the actions of Western powers, some faith experts have warned that Christianity is in danger of becoming extinct in its own cradle.
Church representative in the Constituent Assembly also in attendance; debate continues over amendments vs. new constitution
The Salafi party opposes amending constitution under current government
President discusses national developments with top religious leaders
Coptic Pope holds first Rome meeting in 40 years with Catholic counterpart
Christians account for around 5 percent of Syria’s population, and have remained largely loyal to the regime, fearing the rise of Islamists
Several ministers, political figures and the secretary general of the World Council of Churches offer condolences for Egypt’s recent sectarian violence
The decision to postpone the march was to avoid clashes with the Brotherhood
Analysts expected a more conservative choice
By George Richards The surprising resignation by Pope Benedict XVI triggered feverish speculation among bookmakers and Vatican-watchers as to who will succeed to the Papacy. As with the death of Pope John Paul II in 2005, Pope Benedict’s resignation could, in theory, allow for the election of a pope from the developing world. Catholic congregations in …
Tens of thousands of supporters turned out for the historic prayers ahead of the pope’s formal resignation on Thursday, often interrupting the pope with their clapping, cheering and chanting.
As Pope Tawadros II was enthroned Sunday some columnists offered him advice for his coming mission. The Israeli aggression on Gaza is still gripping the hearts and minds of other writers, who scrutinise Morsy’s reactions towards the attacks and compare it to Mubarak’s. There is a difference… but Amr Al-Shobaki Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper There …
Like everybody else, I was taken over by the Israeli attack on Gaza last week. I followed the news of what going on there, participated in a demonstration on Wednesday night and started to ask questions about what this war will mean for the Middle East. For a moment, I thought that I would be …
The Church extends condolences to victims of train tragedy
Morsy yet to confirm attendance at papal enthronement ceremony
Pope Tawadros II: Background and biography