The evangelical community in Egypt, headed by Dr. Reverend Andrea Zaki, expressed its shock and deep sadness over the huge explosion that rocked the Lebanese capital Beirut on Tuesday, leaving behind great destruction and hundreds of victims. The President of the Evangelical community said: We share the feelings of pain with the Lebanese people, and we stand in solidarity with them in this humanitarian catastrophe, and we pray to God to grant condolences and patience to the families of the victims and the speedy recovery of the injured.
Cardinal, Sako, the Patriarch of the Chaldean Church, and Cardinal Mar Peter Bishara invited the congregation and people all over the world to hold joint prayers and fasting next Saturday for the victims of the Port of Beirut incident to overcome the disaster and to rebuild the devastated country. He added that the church is praying for peace in Lebanon, Iraq and the region.
The first Divine Liturgy celebrated in almost 5 months in Fayoum diocese was celebrated at the Cathedral of St. George today after teh diocese decided to reopen. The Churches were closed last March due to the spread of Corona virus and services and holy masses were suspended. A number of members of the church scouting team and church officials organized the event to make sure the rules of social distancing and other precautionary measures are taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The Monastery of the Virgin Mary in Dornkah announced it will be opened before visitors during the fasting of the virgin which starts Tomorrow. Limited numbers of visitors will be allowed this year and all precautionary measures will be taken due to the spread of Corona virus.
Father Metias Moris, priest of a church of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Sakha, said that the church has a unique artifacts that doesn’t exists anywhere in the world, which is the foot print of Jesus Christ. The Holy family visited the place and the baby Jesus made a miracle in the place and left his foot print on a stone.
Coptic Church headed by Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of St. Mark See, offered his sincere condolences in the victims of the Beirut bombing. He prayed for peace in Lebanon and speedy recovery for those who were injured.
His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of St. Mark See, held a meeting today with representatives of the four Coptic channels (Agape - CTV - MESat - Koogi), the Media Center of the Coptic Church and Keraza magazine, the official magazine of the Coptic Church. The meeting discussed problems and challenges of the Coptic media and how to improve their work for the service of the people.
Rania Abdel-Masih and her family celebrated with His Eminence Bishop Benjamin of Menoufia, the 44th anniversary of his enthronement at the headquarters of the diocese in Shebin El-Koum. Rania was kidnapped and forced to announce her conversion into Islam, before she could escape and return to her family.
The information center of the Coptic Orthodox Church issued a statement of the procedures that will be followed in conjunction with the reopening of the churches today after nearly 5 months of closure. These procedures include social distancing, wearing masks, sterilizing, registering before attendance, bringing one’s tools, napkins and water and strictly following the instructions.
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