His Holiness Pope Tawadros II commented on the decision of bishop Serapion of Los Angeles to celebrate an early Christmas Mass on December 25 with the Western Churches, while the Coptic Church celebrates it on January 7th. Pope said that the decision doesn t include breaking the fasting and it comes to fulfill the needs of the Coptic congregation in the Diaspora, and similar decisions have been taken including replacing prayers for the Nile River by other rivers near the churches abroad, and by changing the rituals time of celebrating marriage sacrament to be held in the evening instead of the mourning.
His Holiness Pope Tawadros II said during his weekly sermon that women have great role in our Church. He gave example of St. Mary who was an entrance to our salvation and many other women whose role was critical in the church. He added that many women offered their souls as martyrs during the sucide bomb attack at the Church of St. Peter in Abassia and became our intercessors.
His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of St. Mark See, said yesterday on the occasion of celebrating the 3rd anniversary of attacking the Church of St. Peter in Abassia that the martyrs have became our intercessors. He explained that they were killed during celebrating the holy mass and during the nativity fasting.
The University of the New Valley organized a symposium entitled Tolerance and Coexistence against Terrorism and Extremism under the patronage of Abdel Aziz Tantawi, President of the University in the presence of His Eminence Bishop Arsanyos of the New Valley and the oases. HG delivered a speech to university students about how to spread peace and tolerance.
Anba Pachomius, Bishop of Behira and former Acting Patriarch, praised the role of President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi in developing the citizenship rights in Egypt. He thanked the president during the inauguration ceremony of the Virgin Mary Church and St. Poktor in Helmy Potros village assuring that the law of building churches was such a great move in equal citizenship.
Anba Bakhoum, Patriarchal Vicar for the Catholic Patriarchate Affairs, received a German delegation from the Monsieur Commission in the city of Munich. They discussed ways of cooperation between the Patriarchal Diocese and the Authority in the development and the pastoral areas.
Nihra association to revive the Egyptian heritage, headed by Coptic businessman Mounir Ghabour, organized a press conference to announce that ‘Egypt is the Way’ opera show will be held in the largest Theater of Paris on December 19 to celebrate the journey of the Holy Family in Egypt. He added that the Opera will be held later in Rome invited by Pope Francis and then will head to the United States of America. Mounir called the Egyptian government to support the project to revive the path of the holy family and to set June 1st a national holiday to commemorate the entrance of the holy family to Egypt.
Muslims and Christians of Mosul participated in the opening of a church that was destroyed by ISIS after its reconstruction. The church was opened in the city of Mosul in Nineveh Governorate, which is the Church of the Annunciation. The ceremony was attended by the Patriarch of the Catholic Church in the Middle East, Abba Ignatius Joseph III and Archbishop Jonah of Mosul and a number of officials and public figures who came to share peace and spread love.
The Department of Theology and Ecumenical Affairs in the Council of Middle East Churches discussed ‘The Christian Presence in the Middle East Towards a Global Church Charter’, in a consultative session that gathered about 25 experts in theology and geopolitics from Iraq, Egypt, Syria, Palestine, Lebanon, Cyprus and Jordan over a period of three days from December 6- 8. The participants called to help the poor and marginalized people and to short, medium and long-term goals in affirming the message of love and peace in a suffering world.
From the top of Mount of Olives, which is located east of Jerusalem, there were many important events mentioned in the Bible. Several churches were built in the location to commemorate these events. The mountain was named after the many olive trees that distinguished it. Father John Nassif, the priest of the Church of Our Lady in Chicago, mentioned in his article Events on the Mount of Olives seven important even