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Rate of sectarian violence incidents is alarming: Pope Tawadros II

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 …

Adham Youssef

The clanging cymbal, a church with a loveless creed

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 …

Daily News Egypt

Path to sanity: Political humour in Egypt

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 …

Daily News Egypt

Politics left behind as Mideast rivals head to Vatican

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 …

Daily News Egypt

An Arab pope?

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 …

Daily News Egypt

Review: Papal enthronement and Gaza attacks overwhelm commentators

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 …

Fady Salah

Morsy and the Brotherhood: one failure after the other

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 …

Ziad A. Akl