Christian Worship Is ‘Worse than Murder and Bloodshed’

Raymond Ibrahim - Coptic Solidarity - 22/12/16 For an idea on why Egypt’s Coptic Christians and their churches are constantly under attack—most recently last Sunday, when a church was bombed, killing at least 25 Christians—one need merely listen to the words and teachings of some of the nation’s Muslim preachers. Take Dr. Ahmed al-Naqib, for instance.  He has studied at ...

Al Azhar Rejects Reforming ‘Religious Discourse’

Coptic Solidarity -Raymonibrahim - 30/11/16 Much of the curriculum of Al Azhar—the Islamic world’s most prestigious university, located in Cairo—is based on Islamic books written in the medieval era or earlier.  These books—histories, biographies of Muhammad, hadith (words and deeds of the latter), tafsirs (Koran exegeses), etc.—are often criticized by more reform-minded Muslims for being too backwards, ...

Coptic Bishop in Egypt: “Christians Are Original Inhabitants of the Nation”

Coptic Solidarity - Raymond Ibrahim - 21/09/2016 Coptic Christian Bishop Daniel met with the Swiss Minister of exterior at the St. Mark Cathedral in Cairo, the seat of the Coptic Orthodox Church, during the minister’s recent visit. The bishop said that, formally, the Church enjoys good relations with the state and Al Azhar, which represents Islam in ...

Muslims, Copts working to rid Egypt of tensions

6/12/2012 (MENAFN - Arab News) Despite the state of uncertainty that encircles the future relations between Copts and Muslims, exemplified by the withdrawal of church representatives from the Constituent Assembly on Nov. 16, current collaboration between Egyptian Muslims and Copts provides reasons to be optimistic about the future of coexistence in Egypt. Perhaps the most notable example ...

A new future for Egypt’s Copts

By Idris Tawfiq 3/11/2012 Tomorrow a box will be placed on the altar of Saint Mark’s cathedral in Abbasiya containing three pieces of paper. On them will be the names of the three men chosen by a complicated electoral college as eligible to be the next Pope and Patriarch of the Coptic Church. Bishop Raphael, a 54-year-old ...

Al-Azhar, Churches Agree: Islam Remains Source of Egyptian Law

Ahmad El-Behery, Mohammad Abdel Kader, Mohammad Gharib, Ahmad Allam & Shayma' al-Qarnashawi 25/9/2012 Dr. Ahmed al-Tayeb, the Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar, met on the evening of Sept. 24 with a delegation of leaders and representatives of Egyptian churches headed by acting patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church Bishop Anba Pachomius. The two parties agreed on the need to ...

In constitution debate, Al-Azhar gets high praise from church leaders

Al-Masry Al-Youm 12/07/2012 Coptic Orthodox Church representatives serving on the Constituent Assembly have welcomed a proposal that would enshrine Islam as the state religion but also protect the right of Christians and Jews to follow their religious codes. Article 2 of the new constitution would be much like that of the 1971 Constitution, stating that "Islam is the ...

ADIEU TO OUR BELOVED AND EVER LOVING PAPA SHENOUDA III

POPE SHENOUDA III - The 117th Pope of Alexandria and the Patriarch of All Africa on the Holy Apostolic See of Saint Mark the Evangelist of The Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria

Hatem Maher 17/3/2012 Pope Shenouda III, Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Pope, has died on Saturday at the age of 88, after a long battle against illness. The Coptic patriarch suffered from back and kidney problems for years and repeatedly travelled to the United States for medical treatment. He was born on 3 August 1923 in Asiut, Upper Egypt and has ...

Egyptian churches embrace Al-Azhar basic freedoms document

Al-Masry Al-Youm Staff 12/01/2012 Egypt's three major churches and the Maspero Youth Union have come out in support of Al-Azhar's proposed basic freedoms document, which lays out a basic framework for respecting freedom of belief and expression in Egypt. The Orthodox, Catholic and Evangelical churches all support the document, and the Maspero Youth Union said that while ...

Egyptian church representatives visit Mufti and Grand Sheikh

Ahmed el-Beheri 03/11/2011 A delegation of representatives from the various Christian denominations in Egypt visited Al-Azhar Grand Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayyeb and Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa on Thursday to convery their best wishes for Eid Al-Adha. Pope Shenouda III dispatched cables carrying messages of goodwill to Tayyeb and Gomaa, as well as to Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, the head ...

Pope Shenouda receives Al Azhar Delegation

26/10/2011 Pope Shenouda III, the Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of Saint Mark diocese on 25/10/2011 received Al Azhar delegation that comprises Dr. Ahmed Kamal Abul Magd; Dr .Mustafa el Fikki and number of the elders of Al-Azhar that came to the church to offer condolences over the death of the Maspero incidents victims. The members of ...

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 ...

Hundreds march from Al-Azhar Mosque to Orthodox Cathedral

Photographed by Ahmed Almasry Hisham Omar, Abdel Halim 14/10/2011 Hundreds of protesters staged a "national unity" march from Al-Azhar Mosque to the Orthodox Cathedral in Abbasseya after Friday prayers. Another march coming from Tahrir Square joined the protesters in front of the cathedral. The demonstrators raised the Egyptian flag beside the Quran and the Christian cross and chanted for ...

Muslim-Christian meeting at Al-Azhar

By Hatem Khedr - The Egyptian Gazette on line 10/10/2011 CAIRO (Updated 8) - Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar Ahmed el-Tayyeb, who heads the highest seat of Sunni learning, is chairing the meeting of members of the Egyptian Family on Monday at Al-Azhar premises to discuss the latest developments over Maspero incidents that left 24 killed ...

Tensions Rise in Egypt Over Two Missing Christian Girls

By Mary Abdelmassih 6-26-2011 (AINA) -- Tension is escalating over the case of 14-year-old Nancy Magdy Fathy, and her 16-year old cousin Christine Ezzat Fathy, who have disappeared and allegedly converted to Islam. Many parties are being pulled into the row over their future, including Al Azhar, the Church, activists and lately Islamist organizations, which are threatening ...

Metropolitan Hilarion meets with Grand Imam of Al-Azhar University

14.06.2011 On June 13, 2011, in the course of his working visit to Cairo, Metropolitan Hilarion, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations, met with the Grand Imam of the Al-Azhar University, Sheikh Ahmad al Tayeb. During their talk, Metropolitan Hilarion reminded his interlocutor that the primate of the Russian Orthodox Church, His Holiness ...

Muslims Protest At Church in Cairo

By Mary Abdelmassih 4-30-2011 (AINA) -- Thousands of Muslim demonstrators gathered in front St. Mark's Cathedral in Cairo, vowing not to leave until they know the whereabouts of Coptic women, especially Camilia Shehata (AINA 7-23-2010)) who allegedly converted to Islam but are held against their will by the Coptic Orthodox Church in monasteries and churches. The sit-in ...

Al-Azhar asks Coptic Church to denounce US religious discrimination Claims

26/11/2010 Al-Azhar attempted to persuade Egypt's Coptic Church on Thursday to rebuff a US report claiming that Christians in Egypt were discriminated against. The Coptic Church had--for the first time--welcomed an annual US report on religious freedoms, saying there was indeed discrimination against Christians in Egypt. The Church held the government responsible for the report's conclusions, ...

Anti-Christian Sentiment in Egypt Heats Up

24/11/2010 Terrorist threat in Iraq emerges at importune moment for Copts. By Wayne King CAIRO, Egypt – As bombings and other attacks continue against Christians in Iraq, Christians in Egypt have gathered to pray and plan for their own safety. When a group of Islamic extremists on Oct. 31 burst into Our Lady of Salvation church in Baghdad during ...

Al-Azhar’s Grand Sheikh satisfied with Coptic Pope’s Apology

27/09/2010 Al-Azhar spokesperson Mohamad Rifaa al-Tahtawi on Sunday announced that Al-Azhar’s Grand Sheikh Ahmed Tayyeb is satisfied with an apology made by Pope Shenouda III in response to comments made by Bishop Bishoy that suggested some verses of the Quran were fabricated after the death of the Prophet Mohamed. On the other hand, the Pope said that ...

Egypt pope ‘sorry’ Muslims hurt by bishop’s Koran Comments

27/9/2010 CAIRO — The head of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church said on Sunday he regretted the fact that Muslims were offended by the comments of a senior bishop who cast doubt on the authenticity of some verses in the Koran. "I'm very sorry that the feelings of our Muslim brethren have been hurt," a visibly moved Pope ...