Proposed Egyptian Law to Reduce Restrictions on Building Churches

The Coptic Orthodox Virgin Mary church is seen during sunset in Cairo, April 18, 2009 (photo: REUTERS/Tarek Mostafa).

By Ahmed Fouad AL Monitor 27/9/14 The unified houses of worship law, which regulates the construction of mosques and churches in Egypt, is still waiting for the parliament's approval. Although the voting sessions in parliament haven't begun yet, the controversy about the houses of worship law started when Christian lawyer Nabil Luka Bibawi filed a lawsuit with the Administrative ...

Gazans find sanctuary in ancient church

AL Monitor - 23/7/14 Gaza’s only Greek Orthodox Church canceled its Sunday prayers and opened its doors to hundreds fleeing the Israeli bombardment of the Shajaiya neighborhood. On July 19, Greek Orthodox Archbishop Alexius was reciting prayers to a small congregation in the only Greek Orthodox Church in the Gaza Strip. He was surrounded by the Byzantine-style icons hung ...

H.B. THEOPHILOS III PATRIARCH OF JERUSALEM VISITED AL-ZAITARI REFUGEE CAMP IN JORDAN

On Monday, August 6, 2012, His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos III, Greek Orthodox Patriarch of the Holy City of Jerusalem and all of Palestine and Jordan, and President of the Middle East Council of Churches for the Orthodox Family, expressed his concern for and acted out of what he called a ”moral duty” by making a ...

Coptic Christians celebrate Easter without Pope Shenouda

Pope Shenouda’s III died on March 17, leaving the Coptic community without its well-loved and active leader. (Reuters)

By CLAIRE READ AL ARABIYA CAIRO 17/4/2012 Coptic Christians celebrate gathered to celebrate Easter but this year’s celebrations have been more subdued out of respect for Pope Shenouda’s III passing. Easter Sunday festivities were canceled and the Saturday night vigil from the Coptic cathedral was not projected in the streets outside the other churches of Cairo has previously ...

Christians participated in all revolution activities: Syrian opposition figure

George Sabra is a member of the general secretariat and spokesman for the National Syrian Council (NSC). (Al Arabiya)

By AL ARABIYA 3/2/2012 There is an impression that Syrian Christians are taking the side of the ruling regime in Syria, George Sabra, member of the general secretariat and spokesman for the National Syrian Council (NSC), said during a recent appearance on “Noqtat Nizam” (Point of Order), aired by Al Arabiya on Friday. But Sabra also ...

Patriarch Hazim: AL Sanctions against Syria Unprecedented, Syrians Independent for Their Livelihood

1/12/2011 Patriarch Ignatius IV Hazim of Antioch and All the East for Greek Orthodox stressed Wednesday that the Arab League (AL) sanctions on Syria will not affect the Syrian people who are not dependent on others in the provision of their basic needs and for their means of livelihood. "I haven't heard that the Arab League had ...

Archbishop Hanna: Arab League Should Correct Its Mistake against Syria

17/11/2011 OCCUPIED JERUSALM, (SANA)- Archbishop of the Sebaste Roman Orthodox Church, Atallah Hanna, stressed the sinister conspiracy hatched against Syria targets its principled and supportive stances towards the Palestinian Cause. "When Syria is targeted, Palestine is targeted and when Damascus is targeted it is as if Jerusalem is targeted, " said Archbishop Hanna in an interview to ...

Why don’t you extend hands to each other?

MEHMET ALİ BİRAND 21/10/2011 mab@hurriyet.com.tr I listened to the prime minister while I was in Ankara on Thursday. He complained about the opposition. Also about the media. “Why can they not be constructive? Why are they always destructive?” he said. He spoke as if he had erased the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP). Whereas he had said a short while ...

HIS HOLINESS ARAM I MEETS WITH THE EMIR OF THE STATE OF QATAR HAMAD BIN KHALIFA AL THANI

02/23/2011 On 23 February 2011, His Holiness Aram I met with the Emir. Also attending the meeting were: Vice-Prime Minister Abdullah Attieh of Qatar, the members of the delegation of the Catholicos – Bishop Shahe Panossian, MP. Hagop Pakradouni and Rev. Mesrob Sarkissian – and the Lebanese Ambassador to Qatar, Hassan Saad. The Catholicos ...