Egypt PM discusses Maspero clashes with Coptic Pope Shenouda III

13/10/2011 Prime Minister Essam Sharaf visited Pope Shenouda III at St. Mark's Cathedral on Thursday morning, where they discussed the implications of the Maspero clashes Al -Ahram reported Sharaf presented the government's condolences to the Pope. He also asked the Pope to recommend representatives of the Egyptian Orthodox Church for the Houses of Worship Legalisation Commission that ...

Coptic Pope Shenouda calls Maspero victims ‘martyrs’, refutes SCAF story

Sherry El-Gergawi 13/10/2011 'Their blood does not come cheap,” Shenouda declares in Wednesday sermon devoted to Sunday's Maspero massacre, taking issue with military justification for death of 24 Copts. In his weekly sermon on Wednesday, Coptic Pope Shenouda III refrained from his usual practice of answering questions posed by members of his congregation. ''I apologise for not answering ...

First Coptic church in Hungary Consecrated

By: MTI 23/8/2011 Shenouda III, the leader of the Coptic Christian community, consecrated the first Coptic church in Hungary on Sunday. The Coptic Pope, as he is called in the Egyptian religious community, consecrated the church in a three-hour ceremony in the presence of five Coptic bishops and hundreds of faithful in Budapest's 18th district amid tight ...

Egypt military chief sends wishes to Coptic Pope in US Hospital

MENA 05/06/2011 The head of the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, expressed his wishes for a speedy recovery for the head of Egypt's Coptic Church, Pope Shenouda III, who is currently at the US for treatment. Tantawi's message was delivered by the military attache at the Egyptian Embassy in Washington, Mohamed ...

Pope Shenouda welcomes dialogue with Al-Azhar and Salafis

28/03/2011 Pope Shenouda III, the Coptic Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark, met on Monday with Minister of Local Development Mohsen al-Nomani at the Papal Headquarters in Abassiya to discuss the latest developments on the political scene in Egypt. Shenouda said a number of important topics were discussed during the meeting, including ...

Coptic Pope suggests addition to Constitution

Emad Khalil 21/03/2011 The head of the Egyptian Orthodox Church, Pope Shenouda III, suggested an addition to Article 2 of the Constitution, which stipulates Islamic law as the main source of Egypt's legislation. Shenouda asked the deputy prime minister, Yehia al-Gamal, to add a clause to the article for other non-Muslim denominations. His request came during ...

Coptic figures at home and abroad show support for protesters’ demands

05/02/2011 More statements of solidarity with Egypt's popular uprising are being issued by churches and Coptic figures both inside and outside Egypt. Coptic bishops, meanwhile, have warned against what they call the "spirit of insurgency" against Coptic Pope Shenouda III, who has voiced support for embattled President Hosni Mubarak and has called on Coptic clergy to ...

Egypt’s Coptic Pope cancels Liturgy over security Fears

19/1/2011 CAIRO (Reuters) - The head of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church cancelled celebrations for the Feast of Epiphany on Tuesday over concerns for the safety of the country's Christians after a New Year's Day bombing that killed 23 people. Officials suspect an al Qaeda-inspired bomber was behind the New Year's blast outside a church in the port ...

Release ordered for 70 Copts held in Giza Rots

13/12/2010 Mena Attorney General Abdel Meguid Mahmoud has ordered the release of 70 Coptic Christians who were detained along with dozens of others in violent protests following a ban on the construction of a church in Omraneyah, Giza. The clashes, which erupted on 24 November between security personnel and Coptic protesters, left two Copts killed and scores ...

Pope Shenouda retreats to protest imprisonment of Omraneyya Copts

Emad Khalil 11/12/2010 Coptic Pope Shenouda III has decided to retreat to the Saint Bishoy Monastery in Wadi el-Natroun, said an informed source from the Coptic Orthodox Church. The same source, which refused to be identified, said the pope has taken this step to protest the continuing imprisonment of 154 Copts who were arrested two weeks ago following ...

Coptic Pope decries Friday protests as ‘weekly agitation’

10/10/2010 Coptic Pope Shenouda III has expressed his "extreme anger" over weekly protests held recently following Muslim Friday prayers. In official Coptic Church magazine Al-Keraza on Sunday, Shenouda noted that the past several weeks had been "trying." He pointed in particular to the “angry protests in some of the mosques in Cairo and Alexandria." For the past three ...

Coptic Pope Shenouda III calls off scheduled bi-monthly Alex Sermon

04/10/2010 Coptic Pope Shenouda III failed to deliver his scheduled bi-monthly sermon in Alexandria on Sunday. According to an anonymous source at the Alexandria Archbishopric, the pope called off his sermon to "send a message" to both the Alexandria governor and head of security that he had been "offended" by reported plans by Salafi Muslims to stage ...

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 ...

Don’t confess sins over the phone: Coptic Pope

AFP - The head of Egypt's Coptic church has urged his congregation to refrain from confessing their sins over the phone, which could be tapped by the security services, a newspaper reported Tuesday. "Beware not to admit your sins over the telephone because all phone conversations are recorded by the state security services," Pope Shenuda III ...