Pope Tawadros urges Copts in US not to demonstrate over sectarian attacks in Egypt

Source: Ahram Online Pope Tawadros II, the head of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church, called Tuesday on Egyptian Coptic expats in the US not to demonstrate in front of the White House hours before a planned protest over attacks against Christians in Egypt. "I oppose any demonstrations that might harm Egypt and cause conflict with higher authorities...Please, for Christ's sake, avoid this behaviour that is not acceptable in any of our churches in the USA," said the pope in statement published … [Read more...]

St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press launches Coptic Studies Series

Source: St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary YONKERS, NY [SVOTS Communications]  Saint Vladimir’s Seminary Press, the publishing house of Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, has launched a new series highlighting the history and spirituality of the ancient Coptic Orthodox Church. The first book in the “Coptic Studies Series,” titled, The Life of Repentance and Purity, was authored by His Holiness, Pope Shenouda III and is scheduled for release by December 2015.  His Grace, … [Read more...]

Martyrdom serves Christian unity, Pope Francis tells Coptic Orthodox patriarch

Source: The Catholic World Report Vatican City, May 12, 2015 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a message sent Sunday to the leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church, Pope Francis said advances toward reconciliation are strengthened by the martyrs and that Christians must unite to confront shared global challenges. “Today more than ever we are united by the ecumenism of blood, which further encourages us on the path towards peace and reconciliation,” Pope Francis wrote May 10 to Pope Tawadros II … [Read more...]

Egypt: Muslims raise funds to build Coptic church in Cairo

Source: Christian Today by Carey Lodge  CHRISTIAN TODAY JOURNALIST Muslims in Egypt have donated money towards the building of a Coptic church in Al Manufiyya, north of Cairo, signalling another step towards solidarity in a country previously divided along sectarian lines. Coptic Orthodox Bishop Benyamin, of the Diocese of Al Manufiyya, began a collection of donations for the church, which will be dedicated to the Virgin Mary. According to Fides news agency, a number of Islamic leaders … [Read more...]

At least 4 wounded in Palm Sunday attack on Egyptian Orthodox church

Source: La Prensa Cairo, Apr 6 (EFE).- At least four people, including one policeman, were wounded in an armed attack on a church in the northern Egyptian coastal city of Alexandria on Sunday, Palm Sunday in the Egyptian Coptic Orthodox church, security sources told Efe on Monday. The unidentified gunmen opened fire on Sunday night on the Archangel Raphael Church in al-Agami district, around 20 kilometers (13 miles) west of Alexandria, and then fled the scene. Egyptian forces cordoned … [Read more...]

Moving the Mountain: The Management of Relational Stewardship

Source: Frankly Speaking - OINOS Educational Consulting by Frank Marangos, D.Min., Ed.D. “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”  ~ Matthew 17:20 Major donors confirm that they were “moved” to generosity. When asked what inspired them to make a commitment, financial pacesetters commonly describe a process of meaningful cultivation whereby their … [Read more...]

COPTIC CHURCH CANONIZES THE 21 CHRISTIANS MURDERED BY ISIS IN LIBYA

Source: Breitbart by THOMAS D. WILLIAMS, PH.D. The Coptic Orthodox Church has announced that the 21 Egyptian Christians murdered by the Islamic State in Libya will be commemorated in its Church calendar as martyrs and saints. Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II said that the names of the 21 martyrs beheaded by ISIS on February 14 will be inserted into the Coptic Synaxarium, the Oriental Church’s official list of Martyrs, a procedure similar to canonization in the Latin Church. An icon … [Read more...]

MEMORY ETERNAL!: 21 Martyred Coptic Orthodox Christian laymen working in Libya

Source: St Thomas Orthodox Church 21 New Egyptian Martyrs of Libya Milad Makeen Zaky Abanub Ayad Atiya Maged Solaiman Shehata Yusuf Shukry Yunan Kirollos Shokry Fawzy Bishoy Astafanus Kamel Somaily Astafanus Kamel Malak Ibrahim Sinweet Tawadros Yusuf Tawadros Girgis Milad Sinweet Mina Fayez Aziz Hany Abdelmesih Salib Bishoy Adel Khalaf Samuel Alham Wilson Worker from Awr village (name unknown at this time) Ezat Bishir Naseef Loqa Nagaty Gaber Munir Adly Esam Badir … [Read more...]

The 21 beheadings in Libya: Why edit ‘Orthodox’ from name of the Coptic Orthodox Church?

Source: Get Religion by Terry Mattingly What can be said about the images that are coming out of Libya, in that hellish Islamic State video showing the beheading of 21 Coptic Christians – explicitly for their faith and their connection to "crusaders"? This is a story with so much religious imagery and language in it that there is no way for journalists to avoid the ghosts. Religion News Service, and some other news outlets, are using a very important quote from Pope Francis: “The … [Read more...]

In Egypt, breaking up is hard to do

Source: The National Nadine Marroushi Foreign Correspondent CAIRO // Ramy Iskander, a 38-year-old Evangelical Christian, spent most of his thirties going from one court to the next, looking to get a divorce. His now ex-wife was the one to ask for the separation nearly nine years ago, and Mr Iskander agreed, but Egypt’s strict laws on civil matters meant that getting the legal approval was no easy task. “I was born a free human being, and so I should be free to choose who I marry and … [Read more...]