Egyptian national TV and radio broadcast today speech of Pope Tawadros II on the occasion of celebrating the Healing Week of the Paralyzed Man. The speech was aired on On TV, DMC, CBC, Al-Hayat channels after the Churches and all activities were stopped were closed due to Coronavirus.
His Eminence Bishop Makarios of Minya and Abu Qurqas held the monthly meeting for priests, through video conference in which they discussed alternative service methods under the current circumstances. The church has stopped all activates due to Coronavirus, including meetings and church education services.
Abdel Rahman Mahran, head of the Egyptian club in Vienna, inspected the safety of the Egyptians in Vienna and said they are safe. He added that the club is ready to offer help to them, especially the elderly.
The Austrian Catholic Church headed by Cardinal Christoph Schönbern announced it is offering emergency assistance to the poor. This comes to face the consequences of Coronavirus. He added that the money would be disbursed immediately through the international charity Caritas as soon as possible.
The Coptic Church in Tanta mourned the departure of Father Kyrillos Barsoum who died at the age of 66, after spending 29 years in priesthood. Pope Tawadros have offered his sincere condolences to Bishop Paula of Tanta and the congregation of the diocese.
The number of total recorded cases of Corona virus in the USA reached 75 thousand, which has become more than what was recorded in Italy. US President Donald Trump announced emergency case in New York, Texas and Florida due to the Coronavirus, where more than one 1000 people died due to the virus.
Under the spread of Coronavirus in England, a British couple celebrated their wedding on Face book. The ceremony was held at the Church of St. Matthew in central England and was attended by more than 300 electronic guests.
His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch St. Mark See, said that the decision to close the churches was difficult, yet necessary to save lives of the Coptic people. Pope said that people should benefit from the current time of the curfew to repent, pray, and think about their spiritual lives.
The Egyptian government headed by the Prime Minister Dr. Mustafa Madbouly held its first video conference meeting in order to implement decisions to reduce gatherings and social distancing using the infrastructure for digital transformation. He stressed that the government is keen to follow up the implementation of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi’s decisions regarding confronting the new Corona virus. It is worth mentioning that a paid leave was given to employees and workers who move from one governorate to another. The Prime Minister instructed the Minister of Transport to organize the transportation movement, whether trains or the subway, so that the severe crowding witnessed in the first day of the implementation of the curfew will not be repeated.
I know that the horror of Corona virus will end soon, and I shall tell you why. God from time to time would like to request and save what has perished just as he did at the cross with crucifixion and redemption. He only reminds us of his presence and love, especially for those who are lost and far from his bosom. God who transferred the mountain of Muqattam after the prayers of his people of Egypt will surely listen