UPDATE: Three dead in sectarian clashes in Minya

Ahram Online - 30/11/13 A fight over the construction of a wall developed into violence in Upper Egypt. Three people were killed and several injured when sectarian clashes erupted late Thursday in the Upper Egyptian governorate of Minya, reported Al-Ahram's Arabic website. According to a statement released by the Minya Coptic Orthodox Archbishopric, a fight started between a ...

Conflicting narratives of Egypt’s Minya sectarian violence

Ahram Online - 30/11/13 Different stories have emerged to explain the sectarian violence that erupted in Minya on Thursday and Friday; official security sources say the conflict began with a Muslim girl found at the home of two Coptic boys. Sami Metwaly, security director for the governate of Minya, says the deadly violence that erupted in the ...

Copts free to join 30 June anti-govt protests: Egypt’s Coptic Church

Ahram Online - 21/6/13 Coptic Church's Holy Synod says Coptic Christians are free to join planned 30 June protests against President Morsi and Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood. Egyptian Copts are free to decide for themselves whether or not to take part in planned 30 June anti-government rallies, the Holy Synod of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church has stated. Synod members ...

Egypt’s Brotherhood ‘exclusionary political sect’: Bishop

Ahram Online – 15/6/13 Bishop Moussa says Muslim Brotherhood, President Morsi need to interact with all Egyptian citizens, Islamist forces, civic groups and Coptic Christians. Bishop Moussa, head of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church's Youth Bishopric, advised President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood to abandon the concept of an "Islamic caliphate state" and reach out to all ...

Egypt’s Coptic pope holds meeting on Nile row before meeting Ethiopian counterpart

Ahram Online - 12/6/13 Coptic Pope Tawadros II meets with Egyptian church representatives to discuss Nile file in advance of scheduled trip to Cairo by head of Ethiopia's Orthodox Tewahedo Church. Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II held a meeting with Egyptian Christian public figures on Tuesday to discuss the ongoing row over Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam ...

Pope Tawadros II begins historic visit to Vatican

Ahram Online - 9/5/13 Leader of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church arrives in Rome for first such visit in 40 years. Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II has arrived in Rome to begin a historic visit to the Vatican. The pope will meet with his Catholic counterpart, the recently elected Pope Francis, on Friday. The visit will be the first ...

Egypt jihadist leader warns of Coptic ‘triumph’

Salafist lead Mohamed El-Zawahiri presents his views on the compatibility of Islam and Islamic Sharia law (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Ahram Online - 22/4/13 Brother of Al-Qaeda leader warns Egypt's Coptic Christians could take advantage of instability and failure to implement Islamic Sharia law. Mohamed El-Zawahiri, the brother of Al-Qaeda leader Ayman El-Zawahiri, has warned that the current instability in Egypt is "fertile ground for minorities [Coptic Christians] to 'triumph'.” Speaking on the 'El-Hadath El-Masry' programme on El-Arabiya ...

Out of seclusion, Egypt’s Coptic Pope to meet Khosous victims’ families

Ahram Online - 154/13 After days in meditative seclusion following violent attacks at Egypt's main Coptic cathedral, Pope Tawadros II returns to Cairo and will meet families of Al-Khosous victims Monday. For the first time since last week's sectarian violence in Al-Khosous, Egypt's Coptic Pope Tawadros II will lead the Sunday Mass prayers in Saint Mark's Cathedral ...

Egypt’s Coptic pope to receive condolences for Al-Khosous victims on Thursday

Ahram Online 9/4/13 Pope Tawadros II to hold reception for public figures to offer condolences after four Copts killed in recent violence. Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II, along with other bishops, will recieve public figures in the papal premises wishing to offer condolences for those killed in recent protests on Thursday, according to the Youth Bishopric's Facebook ...

Libyan ambassador promises investigation into Coptic church attack

Ahram Online - 19/3/13 Top Libyan diplomat in Cairo says the embassy will reopen soon after a meeting with Coptic pope. "The Libyan Embassy suspended its work in Cairo as a precautionary measure, and to ensure the safety of its citizens," said Ashour Hamid bin Rashid, the Libyan ambassador in Cairo on Sunday. The embassy temporarily suspended its ...

Pope Tawadros II calls upon Coptic movements to choose ‘peaceful struggle’

Ahram Online - 16/3/13 Tawadros II met several Coptic movements to discuss recent crisis in Libya and call upon groups to struggle peacefully. Coptic Pope Tawadros II has reached out to Coptic youth movements after recent troubles in Libya for the group, saying, "If you choose the route of struggle, then it has to be peaceful." Amir Ayad, ...

Protest at Libya’s embassy in Cairo over death of Copt in Benghazi

Ahram Online- 11/3/13 Coptic group calls for protest by Libyan embassy Cairo demanding release of detained Christians. The Coptic Youth Front has called for a protest on Monday in front of the Libyan embassy in Cairo protesting the death of Ezzat Hakim, an Egyptian Copt declared dead after allegedly being tortured by security in a prison in ...

Coptic Pope heads up 1st meeting of United Council for Egyptian Churches

  Ahram Online - 19/2/13 Monday sees inaugural meeting of United Council for Egyptian Churches, bringing together representatives of Coptic, Episcopal, Evangelical, Catholic and Greek Orthodox churches. The first meeting of the United Council for Egyptian Churches was held on Monday in Cairo between Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II and representatives of Egypt's Episcopal, Evangelical, Catholic and Greek ...

Six expat Copts receive death penalty sentence for anti-Islam film

Ahram Online -28/11/2012 Court orders death penalty for 6 Coptic Egyptians, who reside abroad, over controversial anti-Islam film. The state security court issued a verdict on Wednesday sentencing six expatriate Coptic Egyptians to the death penalty for offending the Islamic faith, on charges related to producing the anti-Islamic film 'The Innocence of Muslims'. Bishop Marcus of the Coptic Orthodox ...

Bishop gives details about final stage of Coptic Church’s papal elections

Ahram Online 1/10/2012 Coptic Orthodox Bishop Paul describes upcoming 'alter lottery,' slated for Sunday, by which Egypt's next Coptic pope will be chosen. At a Thursday press conference, Coptic Orthodox Bishop Paul provided details about the final stage of the Coptic Orthodox Church's papal elections, which will involve what is known as the 'alter lottery.' One of three Coptic ...

New Coptic Pope to be named on 4th November

Ahram Online 16/10/2012 Bishop Paul announces 4 November as the date of the altar lottery which will determine the new Pope. The spokesman of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church, Bishop Paul, has announced that the new Coptic Orthodox Patriarch will be chosen on 4 November. Three out of the current list of five candidates will be selected on 29 October, ...

Coptic Christian defends accepting role on Egypt presidential advisory team

Ahram Online 28/8/2012 Samir Morcos, a Coptic Christian scholar and writer, rejects criticism that his position on President Morsi's advisory team is merely symbolic. Egypt's newly appointed presidential assistant, Samir Morcos, has denied the position is symbolic and designed to fill a quota of Coptic Christians on Mohamed Morsi's advisory team. Morcos, who previously headed the Masry Foundation for ...

Following sectarian clashes in Giza, demonstrators protest ‘forced migration of Copts’

Ahram Online 2/8/2012 Coptic groups stage protest after coptic homes burned, reports 120 families were expelled, in Dahshur, Giza as angry crowds attempted to 'avenge' the death of Muslim man in a personal brawl with a Copt . Hundreds of demonstrators on Wednesday evening converged on Egypt's Presidential Palace in Cairo's Heliopolis district to protest sectarian clashes that ...

‘Lights off’ plan aims to boost Mt Sinai visitor numbers

South Sinai town to turn off lights during full moon so tourists can enjoy moonlit climbs up Mount Sinai. Ahram Online 1/7/2012 Saint Catherine, a nature reserve and eco-friendly town in South Sinai, will turn off its light during the full moon in order to attract tourists to Mount Sinai. On the 13th, 14th and 15th of each lunar ...

President-elect Morsi receives acting pope of Egypt’s Coptic Church

  Ahram Online 26/6/2012 New Islamist president-elect receives acting head of Coptic Church, says he will not countenance 'condescension' to Egypt's Coptic-Christian community. Mohamed Morsi, Egypt's new Islamist president-elect, received a delegation on Tuesday from Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church, including acting pope Anba Bakhomious. During the meeting, held to congratulate Morsi on his recent electoral victory, Bakhomious told the president-elect ...

Egypt Christians hold Liturgy in memory of late Pope Shenouda III

Ahram Online 25/4/2012 Ritual marking 40 days since death of popular pope to be held at Cairo's Abbasiya Cathedral and St Bishoy Monastery. Liturgy to mark 40 days since the death of Pope Shenouda III will take place Wednesday at Cairo's Abbassiya Cathedral and the St Bishoy Monastery in Wadi El-Natroun where the pope is buried. The cathedral hosted ...