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Statement by Coptic Orthodox Church in Alexandria

 The Coptic Orthodox Church in Alexandria has issued a statement explaining what happened on Palm Sunday, 9 April 2017, when a suicide bomber blew himself up at the gate of St Mark's cathedral in Alexandria claiming 10 lives and causing…

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Church and military funeral for Boutrossiya blast victims

Egypt today paid her last respects to those who fell victim to a terrorist blast in Boutrossiya church (church of St Peter and St Paul) in Abbassiya, Cairo, yesterday Sunday 11 December during Holy Mass. Some 27 lost their lives,…

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Blast in Cairo church kills 27, injures 65

    As Sunday Mass drew close to its end before 11am in Boutrossiya church (Church of St Peter and St Paul) in Abbassiya, Cairo, a bomb exploded amid the rear benches on the southern side of the church. Twenty-seven individuals lost…

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Pope Tawadros in Jordan

  Pope Tawadros II left Cairo this morning, Saturday 3 September, to the Jordanian capital Amman on a pastoral visit. The visit is Pope Tawadros’s first to Jordan, and comes upon invitation by King Abdullah of Jordan.Father Antonius Sobhy, pastor of…

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Pope Tawadros: Rule of law must prevail

 The recent crime against Copts in the village of al-Karm—also pronounced al-Karam––in Minya, some 250km south of Cairo, has left Egyptians—especially Copts—aghast with shock and pain. On a rumour that a Coptic man was having an affair with a Muslim…

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Church and President deserve better

  Problems on hold   Even though many claim that President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi's visit to St Mark's Cathedral on Christmas Eve was no surprise, I confirm that it was, by all means. It was definitely unexpected, especially since an official announcement before Christmas…

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Pope Tawadros in Luxor

    Earlier this week Pope Tawadros II went on his first visit to Luxor, Upper Egypt, since he was enthroned Patriarch of the See of St Mark in November 2012. The congregation in Qena, Luxor, Armant, and Esna were thrilled to…

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Sisi to Copts: “It’s no favour; we owe you…”

  When is a surprise not a surprise? Surely, when you suspect it might happen.Even though many Copts were asking themselves if President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi would again this year wish them a Happy Christmas by dropping in at St Mark’s Coptic…

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A letter of love and gratitude to His Grace Metropolitan Pachomius of Beheira and Pentapolis

    The year 2015 has been a special one for Anba Pachomius, Metropolitan of Beheira and Pentapolis. It marked three important dates: His Grace’s 80th birthday, his 53rd year as a monk, and his 44th as Bishop of Beheira and Pentapolis—one…

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An epic visit

Pope Tawadros visits EthiopiaIn the great Meskel Square in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, Pope Tawadros II, Patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox in Egypt, addressed more than a million Ethiopians who had gathered to hear him speak and seek his…

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