Church leaders at odds over planned 25 January demonstrations

Emad Khalil Ragab Ramadan 11/01/2012 Religious figures from different Egyptian Christian sects have taken opposing stances on the involvement of Copts in the planned protests on 25 January, one year after the start of the Egyptian uprising. Some church leaders have called on Coptic Christians to boycott the demonstrations, while others have encouraged participation. In defense of the boycott, ...

Coptic Church to support independents in run-off Elections

Ragab Ramadan 04/12/2011 The Coptic Orthodox Church will support independent candidates in Alexandria against Islamist parties in the run-offs for the first phase of the parliamentary elections, according to Kamil Seddiq Sawiris, secretary of the church's Coptic Ecclesiastical Council. The first phase began on 28 November and has seen the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party and the ...

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 ...