Coptic activists in Alexandria demanded to announce the feast Christ entry into Egypt as a national holiday in Egypt, which can bring many benefits to Egypt. This comes as Egypt is the only country outside Jerusalem that was visited by the Holy Family, and there are many historic places to be visited on the path of the journey of the Holy Family in Egypt.
HG Bishop Bakhoum of Sohag participated with Islamic scholars yesterday at the ceremony organized by the University of Sohag to present the prize of tolerance and religious dialogue, which was granted to the researcher Dr. Mahmoud Farraj, who presented a research entitled ‘Religious Tolerance, the Icon of Communication between the Past and Present, Sohag as a Model. The award bears the name of the former Sheikh of Al-Azhar, the Honorable Late Imam Dr. Syed Tantawi, and the prize is funded by Coptic businessman Najib Sawiris.
The Menoufia Police released all the Copts arrested in Izbat Mena. 15 Copts have been arrested in the village for holding a silent protest in front of the homes of the family of Rania Abdel-Masih, the Coptic woman who disappeared last month. Father Kozman, priest of the Church of the village, said that the youth who demonstrated didn’t break the law and were wearing masks, but they were arrested and are currently being investigated.
Dr. Amjad Al-Khouly, a consultant epidemiologist at the World Health Organization, said that Egypt will witness dramatic increase in the number of people infected with Coronavirus for neglecting precautionary measures during the holy month of Ramadan. He added that WHO is hoping to reach the peak soon since the vaccine is expiated to take several month to be developed.
For the first time on the feast of the Virgin Mary, the celebrations were canceled at the Monastery of the Virgin Mary in Jabal al-Tir, which were attended by 1.5 million visitors each year. Father Dawood Nshid, deputy of Samalout diocese, said that celebrations were canceled due to the spread of Corona virus and to follow the decision of the Holy Synod to close churches and monasteries to prevent the spread of the pandemic. The Holy Family have hidden in a cave inside the monastery for three days, and is considered an important place to visit by pilgrims.
Archbishop Pachomious, former acting Patriarch, celebrated today the feast of the entrance of the Holy Family to Egypt at the monastery of St. Makarious of Alexandria in Behira. It is worth mentioning that Coptic Churches have been closed for two months due to the Corona virus and decided today to reopen to celebrate the feast with only 6 people.
Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of St. Mark See, celebrated today the feast of the Holy Family’s entrance to Egypt in the Church of the Virgin Mary in Maadi. It is worth mentioning that Egypt is the only country outside Jerusalem that was visited by the Holy Family. Egypt celebrates the feast of the Holy Family’s entrance on June 1st.
Ambassador Nabila Makram, Minister of State for Immigration and Egyptians Affairs abroad, extended he thanks to the Coptic Orthodox Church for hosting the Egyptians stranded in Kenya due to the Coronavirus pandemic. She visited Pope Tawadros at the Papal headquarters with a delegation that included Dr. Ashraf Sobhy, Minister of Youth and Sports, and a number of stranded Egyptians in Kenya.
The Catholic Church in Egypt issued a statement concerning the reopen of Churches, in which it announced to continue closure of Churches for another notice. The Synod of the Catholic Church in Egypt will hold another meeting in two weeks to decided when to reopen the churches. The statement explained that Holy Liturgy will not be held during this period, while funerals, baptism and marriage ceremonies will be held with minimum attendance, while other activates will be suspended.
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