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Church cancels Easter festivities

    The Coptic Orthodox Church has decided to cancel all festivities related with the upcoming Easter, and restrict celebrations to the prayers and rituals of the Resurrection. The decision was taken in the aftermath of last Sunday's [Palm Sunday] suicide bombings…

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Coptic exodus from al-Arish

    The plight of the Copts in the North Sinai town of al-Arish is irking Egypt in its entirety. Arish Copts have been fleeing town since 22 February 2017 in the wake of threats and a wave of killings waged against…

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For He was overcome by His compassion

   (Monday Theotokia)His Eminence Metropolitan Serapion    My Beloved, the Blessed Children of the Church;We are joyful and our hearts rejoice, because of the birth of our Saviour and Redeemer, our Lord Jesus Christ. The angel announced to the shepherds, “I bring you…

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Christ is born: Beginning of all things new

        The birth of our Lord Jesus Christ is the beginning of some things new that will lead to all things new. His birth gave us a new birth, a New Covenant, a new sacrifice, a New Testament, a new commandment,…

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US Congress bill on Coptic churches: Irrelevant and irrational

        As 2016 drew to a close, Egyptians and Copts found themselves embroiled in an issue which the majority saw as both irrelevant and irrational. Irrelevant because it tackled a predicament that was already resolved and was therefore a non-issue, and…

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Should faith run against reason?

    There can be no two opinions about it: we live in an era where reason and critical thinking reign supreme. But can critical thinking be too much of a good thing, especially given that it is the only tool to…

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Christmas with the flavour of martyrdom

           Today, we embark on a new year in our lives. We carry with us the vestiges of a departed year that brimmed with achievements, failures, disappointments and challenges. Egypt takes firm steps on the path of reform and development, but…

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President Sisi: Boutrossiya restored for Christmas

Nader ShukryGeorgette SadeqKatrine FaragallahAccording to President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, Boutrossiya church (church of St Peter and St Paul) will be in good shape for worshippers to celebrate Coptic Christmas Eve Midnight Mass on 6 January. The President issued his orders that…

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Bishop of Youth Anba Moussa in London

The Coptic Orthodox Bishop of Youth, Anba Mussa, posted on his Twitter accountthat he is now in London for medical treatment on account of a heart attack whichhe suffered in the wake of the Sunday 11 December bombing at Boutrossiyachurch…

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At Boutrossiya church: Egypt’s heart bleeds

   It was Sunday morning, and Holy Mass was being celebrated in churches all over Egypt. Al-Boutrossiya church (Church of St Peter and St Paul) in Abbassiya, Cairo, was no exception. As Mass proceeded that morning of 11 December at almost…

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