Death Toll in Cairo Church Explosion Rises to 26

Sputniknews - 17/12/16 The number of the deaths in Tuesday terror attack on Coptic Church Complex in the Egyptian capital of Cairo rose to 26, with at least three more wounded still in critical condition, Egyptian media reported. CAIRO (Sputnik) — With a 70-year old victim succumbing to her injuries at the hospital, the number of the ...

Orthodox Church denies assassination attempt on Pope Tawadros

MENA- 3/8/13 Egypt's Orthodox Church denied that an attempt to assassinate Pope Tawadros II had been thwarted. "We reassure everyone that his Holiness Pope Tawadros II is fine, and the stories published on news websites and satellite channels [of his assassination] are completely not true," said an official statement released by the Church on Friday evening. The church ...

Copts detained in Libya released early, say church sources

MENA – 12/4/13 Libya has reportedly released four Egyptian Copts who had been imprisoned for over a month on charges of proselytizing, said on Thursday sources from the Coptic Orthodox Church. The four suspects were allegedly acquitted on all charges. The sources said that the suspects had been scheduled to be released next Tuesday, but the Libyan authorities ...

Copts Denounce Egypt’s Mursi as Violence Erupts at Church

Tarek El-Tablawy & Salma El Wardany -8/4/13 Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi faced growing turmoil as clashes between Muslims and Christians led to another death after a religious service held for Copts killed in violence the previous two days. The unrest, compounded by a train strike and Egypt’s top judicial body saying it favors the departure of the prosecutor- general that ...

Egypt sentences Muslim to death over Copt attack

REUTERS – 26/3/13 In case that underlines sectarian tensions, Muslim man sentenced to death for killing two in dispute with Christians. CAIRO - A Muslim man was sentenced to death in Egypt on Monday for killing two people in a dispute with Christians in a southern town, state media said, in a case that underlines sectarian tensions ...

Egyptian churches will not be attending national dialogue

MENA 26/02/2013 The three Egyptian churches have excused themselves from the televised national dialogue session called for by President Mohamed Morsy for Tuesday. Bishop Andrea Zaki, head of the Coptic Evangelical Church, told the state news agency MENA that the Coptic Catholic, Orthodox and Evangelical Churches had decided not to attend the session, but were calling for holding another private ...

Egypt thwarts bid to attack Coptic church

7/1/13 The Egyptian army foiled a bid to attack a Coptic church in the Rafah border town with Gaza as the minority Christian community began celebrating its Christmas. Army units foiled the attack against the Rafah church, seizing a car packed with explosives and weapons, according to MENA news. Another car carrying masked men sped away as the ...

Egypt’s Mursi to avoid Coptic ceremony, dismays Christians

  16/11/2012 (Reuters) - President Mohamed Mursi will not attend the installation ceremony of the new Coptic pope, the church said on Friday, to the dismay of Christians who fear being sidelined in the new Islamist-led Egypt. Pope Tawadros II, will be installed at Cairo's Abbasiya Cathedral on Sunday in a ceremony attended by Christian leaders from several ...

Coptic Church not worried by potential Morsy victory

MENA 18/06/2012 The Coptic Orthodox Church has said that it would respect the final results of the presidential election and is not concerned by a potential Muslim Brotherhood victory. Preliminary results have indicated that the Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsy is narrowly leading against former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq. The Presidential Elections Commission plans to announce the final results ...

3 candidates favoured for Coptic papal position: MENA

Egyptian Bishops in front of Pope Shenouda III's coffin in his funeral "Photo:Reuters"

MENA 27/4/2012 The Egyptian Orthodox Church of Alexandria began receiving endorsements for the vacant position of pope on Friday from Bishops and the general congregation council. Judge Edward Ghaleb, a member of the Church's general congregation council and candidacy committee told MENA that the committee was examining the endorsements in order to prepare a primary list of candidates ...

Pope Shenouda rejects international investigation into Maspero Violence

MENA 21/10/2011 Pope Shenouda III, the head of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church, rejected demands by some families of victims of the Maspero violence on 9 October to open an international investigation into the issue, claiming that their mournful thoughts are causing them to make the request. The Church can not accept the demand given the current situation in ...

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 ...

Pope wishes Moussa good luck in Presidential Campaign

MENA 23/06/2011 The head of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church, Pope Shenouda III, wished former Arab League Secretary Amr Moussa luck with his presidential campaign when the two met at Shenouda's office Thursday, MENA reported. Moussa adopted admirable positions as foreign minister and Arab League secretary, Shenouda said. "I hope Egyptians' choice of presidential candidates will be governed by logic," ...

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 ...

Egypt rules Copts can Remarry, Church Objects

30/5/2010 CAIRO - An Egyptian court has ruled that two Coptic men have the right to remarry, contradicting the church's position and undermining its efforts to maintain its authority over the Christian community in Muslim-majority Egypt. Saturday's administrative court decision was prompted by a rare intervention by Pope Shenouda, leader of Egypt's Copts, who launched an appeal ...