Nabila Makram, Egypt s Minster of Immigration thanked Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria and Patriarch of St. Mark See for offering support to the Egyptians stranded in Kenya amid the outbreak of COVID-19. In a statement, the Ministry of Immigration said the pope contacted the Egyptian Church in Kenya to host the stranded Egyptians after the suspension of flights. The church responded to the pope s request and offered financial support to the stranded Egyptians and gave them contacts of people who can help them until the exceptional flights resume anew, the statement added. The Church s move was part of Let s Support Each Other campaign, which was launched earlier by the government, to unify all the efforts exerted by all the organizations and individuals in order to help the stranded Egyptian expats and travelers.
For the first time in its history, the Coptic churches and monasteries are closed in the Holy Week. The Monastery of Abu Fana, like other Coptic monasteries, announced it will not receive visitors during the Holy Week, including laity and clergy. The Coptic Orthodox Church announced that no public prayers will be held this year and no priests will visit the people.
The Cathedral of St. George in Tanta celebrated the third anniversary of its martyrs who were killed in the terrorist attak that targeted the Cathedral on Palm Sunday Mass in 2017. The Cathedral is holding a celebration, praise and chants that will only by broadcast online without allowing the people to attend it due to the Corona virus.
Abba Morkos, Archbishop of Shubra El-Kheima, mourned father, Benjamin Fouad, the priest of the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Mary Magdalene in Shubra El-Kheima, who died after priestly service that lasted for 24 years.” The funeral of the priest was held in the presence of his family following the procedures taken due to Corona virus.
The Coptic Church in Samalout announced to broadcast prayers of the Holy Week on its official page on Facebook following the new instructions to shut down the churches due to Corona virus. Bishop Pfnotoius of Samalout said that the church hopes that the procedures will not last for long, and they come to save lives of the congregation. Two priests and 4 deacons will have to stay in the diocese without leaving in order to participate in the prayers.
Bishop Illarion of the Red Sea visited the Directorate of Health Affairs in the Red Sea governorate accompanied by Father Mina Aziz to present medical supplies to the Red Sea hospitals. The bishop assured the support of the church to all state organizations to counter the Corona virus.
Bishop Athanasious of Beni Mazar diocese mourned the departure of Father Mankerios Yusuf, priest of the Church of the Virgin at Bani Mazar, in Minya. The funeral was attended by family members of the priest and non of the congregation was allowed to attend following new instructions to face the spread of Corona virus.
The Coptic Orthodox Church in Fayoum has announced permitting the prayers of baptism and chrism for children amid strict procedures due to Corona virus. The church said that monk Timothaous of Naqaloun monastery will make an appointment and only 3 members of the family of the baptized children will be allowed to attend the prayers without celebrating the holy mass.
A number of the monks of the monastery of St. Paula in the Red Sea, headed by Bishop Daniel, held a joint prayers for Egypt and the world that God may stop the epidemic of Corona virus. It is mentioned that all monasteries are subject to complete quarantine and no trips or people are received, and no monks are allowed to leave it.
Despite the spread and the suffering of the Corona virus epidemic, many people are still wandering in the streets for no good reasons. Many women in popular areas allow their children to play in the streets as if they are in vacation. It seems that the story of people’s failure to adhere to moral standards and public procedures existed many years ago. It was documented in a social study by the researcher Yaqoub