Copts to protest Thursday to demand civil Marriages

Emad Khalil 04/07/2011 Egyptian Copts on Monday called for protests on Thursday outside the Ministry of Justice to demand civil marriages. The Orthodox Church in Egypt only permits divorce in the case of adultery or change of religion, and allows widows and widowers to remarry. Egyptian authorities do not recognize civil marriages without the consent of the Church. The ...

Churches reject calls for international protection for ‘persecuted’ Copts

Emad Khalil 28/06/2011 Representatives of the three Egyptian Churches and several Coptic activists condemned on Tuesday a demand made to the US Congress by some expatriate Copts calling for international protection for Coptic Christians in Egypt. Bishop Markos of Shubra al-Kheima told Al-Masry Al-Youm that he rejects the demands. “Copts fall under the protection of the Egyptian state, ...

Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide asks to meet Pope Shenouda

Emad Khalil 22/3/2011 Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie has requested to meet with Coptic Pope Shenouda III, a Coptic church source said today. The source said the request came after a phone conversation between the two on Saturday, following the pope's return from an 18-day therapeutic trip to the US. According to the source, Badie took the initiative ...

Coptic Church urges university exam shift for Christmas

Emad Khalil 21/12/2010 The Coptic Orthodox Church has urged Minister of Higher Education Hani Helal to cancel university exams scheduled for 8 January, the day following Coptic Christmas celebrations, a Coptic bishop said. The bishop said Pope Shenouda III received several complaints from Egyptian students whose end-of-term exams begin on 8 January. The students said requests for ...