Middle East Council of Churches denounced converting the Hagia Sophia Church to a mosque and described the decision as attacking on freedom of religions. The council invited the United Nations and the League of Arab States to reject the decision that contradicts with the historic declaration of fraternity, calling for peace between nations, religions and races signed on February 4, 2019.
The disappeared Coptic girl Marina Anwar, 17 years old, returned saft today to her home in the village of El-Kosheh in Sohag. Marina returned 5 days after her disappearance, and the church thanked police for doing their best to return the girl in record time.
Bishop Demetrius of Mallawy announced that the churches of the diocese will remain closed till the begining of August. This comes with the increase of COVID-19 infections in the diocese.
The media center of the Coptic Orthodox Church launched a media campaign to raise awareness of the precautionary measures to prevent the emergence of the new Corona virus. The worshippers will need to follow social distancing rules and sterilization procedures upon entry and after the end of the liturgy prayers. Everyperson will need to bring is personal tools such as wraps and books or use smartphones.
Coptic Church announced that Pope Tawadros is going to ordain new bishops including the successor of Bishop Epiphanius, head of St. Maqar monastery. Sources in the Coptic Orthodox Church said that the new ordination will be held next November and will name Bishop Macarious of Minya and two bishops of Abu Qurqas and East Nile churches as the diocese will be divided into 3 segments.
As the Coptic Church is preparing to celebrate the feast of the Apostles, it announced that only 25 person can attend the celebration in each church to ensure social distancing and apply all precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Churches used lottery to determine who can attend the exceptional Holy Mass of the feast after the people register through website or by telephone.
Bishop Gabriel of Beni Suef and offered his sincere condolences to Bishop Theophilus of Manfalut for the departure of his father. The diocese of Manfalut has mourned Mr. Shaker Silvanus, father of bishop of the diocese.
The Coptic Orthodox Church celebrated today the feast of St. John the Baptist, the son of Zakaria the priest. His parents Zechariah and Elizabeth were righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and judgments of the Lord without blame. Elizabeth was conceived in her old days and when St. Mary entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth, and when Elizabeth heard the peace of Mary, the fetus ran in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit” (Luke 1: 40-44) .
Abba Thomas Adly, Bishop of Giza, Fayoum and Beni Suef for the Catholic Copts, headed the meeting of the fathers of the diocesan priests to discuss the pastoral service in the upcoming period. They agreed to take all precautionary measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus. During the meeting, all the works and the needs of the churches and parishes were reviewed. Then, Thomas Adly thanked all the fathers for their great efforts, and concluded the meeting with prayer and apostolic blessing.
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