Coptic Orthodox Churches reopens its doors before worshippers after 5 months of closure due to the spread of Corona virus. All churches have been sterilized and rules of social distancing and precautionary measures have been set for the worshippers. The worshippers have to book their attendance through the church and the holy masses will be held daily except on Fridays and Sundays.
The Monastery of the Virgin Mary at Jabal al-Tair in Samalut decided to open its doors to visitors during the fasting of the Blessed Virgin Mary starting on August 7th till August 22nd. The church pledged to impose the precautionary measures on the visitors after 5 months of closure due to the spread of Corona virus.
The Archdiocese of the Coptic Orthodox in Fayoum Governorate decided to increase the attendance numbers in weddings and funerals and baptism ceremonies. The church allowed 5 people to attend the baptism ceremony, 15 people to attend weddings and funerals in addition to a priest and a deacon.
Bishop Bfnotious of Samalout held a meeting with priest sod the diocese for the first time in 5 months after the suspension of meetings and church activities due to the Corona virus. In the meeting, they decided to return the masses and following the social distancing and preventive measures. Another meeting will be held on September 5 to assess the situation.
Bishop Pavlos of Greece for the Coptic Orthodox Churches, announced in a statement regarding the reopening of churches that the Coptic Church in Greece in the region of Mounidhi will be opened while maintaining all preventive measures. He added that the congregation will have to book with the church and follow the precautionary measures during attending the mass including wearing the mask except for children under 6 years.
Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of St. Mark See, congratulated President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, Dr. Mostafa Madbouly Egypt’s Prime Minister and Dr. Ali Abdul Aal, head of Parliament on the occasion of celebrating the feast of Eid El-Adha. Pope wished Egypt safety and prosperity and victory over the surrounding challenges.
Bishop Daniel of Sydney and Bishop Youstos, head of St. Anthony monastery, visited the monastery of St. Anthony in Atfih known as al-Maimoun. They were received by priests of the monastery and Bishop Zocima Atfih.
The American Magazine The Wake said that converting the Hagia Sophia Museum into a mosque is one of the most important signs of the decline in Turkey s secular character. It added that such conversion came as announcement of Erdogan telling the world that Turkey is no longer secular. It added that the Turkish government is trading on religion to achieve political benefits and to fight the secular parties in Turkey.
The official spokesman of the Egyptian Orthodox Church revealed that the church has played a remarkable role in caring for and serving its children and the surrounding community in Indonesia through spiritual, health and social services that were provided to those affected by the emerging crisis of the Corona virus. In order to keep pace with the growth of the service, the resident servant of Indonesia, Amir Ramzi, was ordained a priest and called Father Petros. It is worth mentioning that there are five Coptic Churches in Indonesia: the Church of St. Pope Kyrillos VI and St. Simeon in Bekasi, the Church of the Ascension in Manado, the Church of Our Lady and Saint Mark the Apostle in Surabaya, the Church of Archangel Michael and St. Moses in Malang, and the Church of St. George and St Abu Nafir in Central Kalimantan.
In his last speech, president Abdul Fattah al-Sisi called on the Egyptian people to be as brave and powerful as lions and work hard each in his position. He added that this way Egypt would be so powerful as great lion that nobody can threaten. I remembered this story that my mother used to tell me. The story says a great lion woke up to see a small mouse falling on his leg. The lion grew angry and decided to kill