Coptic Church resumes examination of Divorce Requests

Emad Khalil Ragab Ramadan 20/09/2011 The Coptic Orthodox Church’s Clerical Council for Personal Affairs resumed on Tuesday examining requests for divorce submitted by Copts, after a hiatus of two months while Copts held demonstrations demanding the right to divorce and remarry. Pope Shenouda asked the council to facilitate divorce procedures without violating the teachings of the Holy Book, which ...

Church to sue prime minister over New Year’s Eve church Bombing

Arabic Edition 06/09/2011 The Saint Mark Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Alexandria has announced plans to sue Prime Minister Essam Sharaf for failing to reveal who was behind he New Years Eve church bombing that left 23 Copts dead on 1 January, said a church official on Tuesday. News reports have said that documents seized from the now-disbanded ...

Pope’s sermon ignores Second Marriage Controversy

Emad Khalil 28/07/2011 The head of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church, Pope Shenouda III, in his weekly sermon on Wednesday ignored Christians' mounting demands for the right to divorce and remarry. The sermon, instead, dealt with the issue of infidelity and family devotion. Earlier this month, Christians staged a number of protests in front of the papal office in Cairo, ...

Two detained in Sohag sectarian Violence

MENA 27/06/2011 Egypt's public prosecution decided on Monday to remand two suspects to custody for four days, pending investigations into their involvement in sectarian clashes that occurred on Saturday in Sohag. Dar al-Salam prosecution charged the duo with attempted murder and possession of unlicensed firearms, according to judicial sources. It also ordered the arrest of 12 people who ...

Sectarian violence kills 2 in Shubra

27/06/2011 Sectarian clashes between a number of Muslims and Coptic Christians resurfaced in the Fateh district of Shubra al-Kheima on Monday, after two Muslims were shot and killed by a Copt on Sunday. Security forces surrounded the area, imposed a security cordon around churches in the area and arrested seven Muslims and Copts carrying weapons. In ...

Prosecutor questions Coptic priests over church demolition Protest

Sami Abdel Radi 23/11/2010 The Egyptian Public Prosecutor has summoned five priests for questioning following a Coptic demonstration on Monday evening over a demolition order for a church built without a permit. Hundreds of protestors blocked a highway in the Umraniya district during the rally. The prosecution also summoned the head of the Umraniya police department and ...

Bishop ends sit-in over Priest’s missing Wife

By: Saeed Nafea Minya--The bishop of Minya's Dayr Mawas monastery managed to end a sit-in by Coptic activists in front of a local church to protest the disappearance of the wife of pastor Tedaous Samaan, who believes she was kidnapped. Bishop Aghapious urged protesters not to assemble or stage demonstrations and to allow the authorities a chance to ...

ElBaradei visits Church, Prays in Mosque

Marwan Abdel Aziz 31/5/2010 Mohamed ElBaradei, potential candidate in next year's presidential elections, went to the Old Cairo district where he visited the historic hanging church, the Coptic museum and a Jewish synagogue, where he wrote in the guest book: "These holy places embody religious tolerance in Egypt; I hope that we all live together in peace." ElBaradei ...

Pope Shenouda rejects court decision permitting divorcees to Remarry

01/06/2010 Pope Shenouda III, patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church, said he absolutely rejects a recent ruling by the Administrative Court obliging the church to grant divorcees permits to remarry. "We are only bound by the Holy Bible," said Shenouda during his biweekly sermon in Alexandria yesterday. Shenouda further threatened to defrock any priest who allows a ...