Sources in the Coptic Orthodox Church denied rumored about holding a meeting today for the Standing Committee of the Holy Synod headed by His Holiness Pope Tawadros II to assess the position of the closure of churches and the form of prayers for the Holy Week. The news were published on several websites and social media, before they are denied by the Church.
Ava Takla Scouting Team of St. George Cathedral in Dishna launched a campaign to sterilize institutions of Dishna including mosques and churches. Malak Naim, head of the Scouting Team, said that they intend to visit villages after they are done sterilizing the main city.
Muhammad Saafan, Egypt’s Minister of Manpower, said that the ministry has offered emergency aid to 120.000 workers who were affected badly due to government procedures to face Coronavirus. He explained that total of 500 million pounds in aid for irregular employment in each governorate.
Naguib Sawiros, Coptic businessman, said that the world has changed since the beginning of the current Coronavirus crisis. He added that he started praying to God to put an end to the crisis even though he is not used to pray. Sawiros said in his interview with Lamis Al-Hadidi broadcast on Al-Hadath channel that his investments were not affected very much because they are mainly in Gold, but assured that the virus has changed the world.
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 peoples of the world are now living in a climate full of anxiety and fear of infection with the Coronavirus amid strict precautionary measures taken by the governments all over the world as a result of this deadly epidemic. All institutions were affected, including churches and monasteries of various denominations. The people were deprived from participating in prayers and Sunday Schools, and they were only allow