Coptic Christians call for divorce law relaxation

Christians protesters demand the right of divorce and second marriages in July 2011

Al Ahram Online 23/4/2012 Coptic 38 – a group founded to demand liberalisation of divorce laws by Coptic Christian Church – calls for reimplementation of 1938 bylaws that permit divorce under 9 conditions. A Coptic Christian group called Coptic 38, established in 2011 to campaign for changes to the Church's divorce laws, held a press conference at the ...

Coptic Church criticises make-up of Egypt’s constituent assembly

Ahram Online 29/3/2012 In Thursday statement, Coptic Church blasts methods used to form constitution-drafting body, says constituent assembly fails to represent broad spectrum of Egyptian society. Egypt's Coptic Church on Thursday issued a statement criticising the system used to form Egypt's recently-established constituent assembly, tasked with drafting a new national constitution. Half the members of the 100-seat assembly were ...

Tens of thousands of Copts say goodbye to Pope who ‘safely guided ship’

18/3/2012 Mostafa Ali Streams of grieving Egyptian Copts have started on Saturday to descend on country's main cathedral in Cairo to start 3-day period of bidding beloved Shenouda III farewell, looking ahead to a stormy future. The main cathedral for Egypt’s 12 million Copts in the Abbassiya district of Cairo had been taken over by thousands of mourning ...

General Congregation to elect three bishops, one of which to succeed Shenouda III

18/3/2012 Ahram Online The media advisor of the Egyptian Evangelical Church clarifies the process of choosing the successor of Pope Shenouda III. A General Congregation formed of The Holy Synod of the Coptic Orthodox Church and the General Lay Council of the Church, which are part of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria, will elect three runner finalists ...

Egypt’s Copts to pray for Pope Shenouda III

14/3/2012 Ahram Online Coptic Christians to pray for Pope who has been suffering ill health Wednesday 5-8pm. The Maspero Youth Coalition has called for Copts to pray for Pope Shenouda III in the Coptic Cathedral from 5pm to 8pm on Wednesday under the slogan "your people love you." Pope Shenouda's health has been deteriorating recently. He apologised ...

Copts oppose Islamist president, says Hayat Party chief

Ahram Online 12/3/2012 Michael Mounir says president should focus on real issues not beards and gender segregation, fears for women's rights under Islamist president. Michael Mounir, Coptic rights activist and head of the liberal Hayat Party, has said that Coptic Christians do not agree on a specific presidential candidate but are united in their opposition to Islamist candidates. "I ...

Coptic youth group to protest prison sentence of Egyptian Priest

File Photo from clashes in deadly pro-Coptic demonstration on Sunday 9 October to protest the demolition of El-Marinab church (Photo: Reuters) 10/3/2012 Ahram Online The Coptic Youth plan to protest the jail sentence given to the priest of El-Marinab church, which had been attacked by Muslims and caused an outcry among Christians. The Maspero Youth Union, a revolutionary Coptic ...

Muslim Brotherhood to protect churches on Coptic Christmas

Muslim Brotherhood's Mahmoud Ezzat (Photo: Internet)

Ahram Online 28/12/2011 Brotherhood vows to form 'popular committees' to guard churches on Coptic Christmas in expression of national unity. The Muslim Brotherhood has called on Egypt’s ruling military ‎council to provide security for Christian churches during Coptic ‎Christmas celebrations on 7 January as it did for polling stations ‎during the first two rounds of parliamentary elections.‎ In a ...

No unified code for Churches and Mosques

A soldier stands guard near the Saint Mary church which was set on fire during clashes between Muslims and Christians on 8 May in the Giza neighbourhood of Imbaba (Photo: Reuters)

Dina Ezzat 16/10/2011 Christian and Muslim representatives fail to agree on the basis for a unified code governing the construction of houses of worship in Egypt. A week after the massacre of over 20 Copts during a protest over attacks on churches, Copts are still looking for a legal framework for the construction and protection of their churches. A ...

Protest against persecution of Copts in Egypt attacked with Bloody Force

Coptic Egyptian demonstrators, one carrying an Egyptian flag, set on fire two civilian vehicles during cashes with Egyptian army soldiers following a demonstration in Cairo, Egypt Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011. Egyptian state television reports at least one soldier has been killed in riots that erupted in Cairo as Christians protesting a recent attack on a church came under attack.

Video- Egyptian army runs over Christians demonstrators with tanks & killed 20 Christian Yasmine Fathi, Lina El-Wardani 9/10/2011 Violence seen at peaceful march turns into full-blown and two-pronged attack on protesters by armed forces and plain-clothed assailants, leaving scores injured. A peaceful march by Copts today against religious persecution turned violent after the protesters were attacked. A march of ...

Thousands of Copts protest in front of Abbasiya Cathedral

Ahram Online 6/5/2011 Thousands of Copts gather in front of Abbasiya Cathedral to express their anger over last week's Salafist demonstration at the same location. Three thousand Copts gathered today in front of the Coptic Cathedral in Abbasiya in a “Coptic million man march,” to protect it from attacks by Salafists. The march was staged as a response to ...

Copts welcome Easter amid hope, fear and determination to fight for Rights

Ekram Ibrahim 20/4/2011 In the midst of rising sectarian tensions, some Copts are considering fleeing the country while others opt to ready themselves to fight for social and political equality and emancipation The January 25 Revolution has succeeded in inspiring countless Egyptians and offering them hope of a new, egalitarian state. As Egyptian Copts celebrate Easter filled with ...

Coptic woes before Mubarak

Dina Ezzat 22/12/2010 Pope Shenouda III visited the presidential palace this afternoon amid much Coptic anger n a rare meeting at the Heliopolis presidential palace, President Hosni Mubarak met with Pope Shenouda III, the patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church. The meeting comes against the backdrop of the unmasked frustration of the patriarch over the arrest of approximately 140 ...