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Pope Tawadros II: New dioceses

Nader Shukry

22 Nov 2012 5:37 pm

The Pope has announced his intention to consecrate bishops to preside over parishes in the Diaspora that had so far been under no bishop but were under the direct care of the late Pope Shenouda III who passed away last March

The Pope has announced his intention to consecrate bishops to preside over parishes in the Diaspora that had so far been under no bishop but were under the direct care of the late Pope Shenouda III who passed away last March.
Pope Tawadros II is studying a proposal to appoint a number of bishops as bishops-general to be assigned to the Clerical Council which is in charge of Coptic family problems, famously marriage annulment, divorce, and permits for second marriages once an annulment or a divorce is granted. The Clerical Council has come under heavy criticism for taking its time on such problems; some cases lagged for years on end. The trouble was commonly seen to be owing to the council being under-staffed.
The Pope also declared his intention to look into the matter of widespread or heavily populated parishes, with an eye to dividing them into smaller, more manageable parishes. There are suggestions that Giza should be split into four parishes, Sharqiya into two, and Cairo into several smaller parishes such as Shubra, Matariya, or East Cairo.
Watani International
22 November 2012


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