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Egypt military restoring churches destroyed following Morsi's ouster
By Sherry El Gewgaw (Ahram online)

After Egypt President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi apologised for not finishing the reconstruction work of Christian properties damaged in the aftermath of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi’s ouster in 2013, the engineering unit of the Armed Forces immediately started cooperating with Coptic authorities to wrap up the pending renovations, religious Coptic figures said.

 

 

While Waiting for Building Permit, Church Receives Demolition Permit
By Raymond Ibrahim

On February 1, Priest Awad Flemon of Al-Iman Church in Alexandria, explained how officials closed his church five years ago, leaving it partially constructed. 

 

 

 

 

 

US State Department Special Adviser for religious minorities meets CHREDO delegation in France
By MCN

MCN learned Monday that Mr. Knox Thames, the Special Adviser of the U.S. State Department for religious minorities in the Middle East, recently met the CHREDO delegation in Paris.

 

 

 

 

Human rights organizations condemn illegally preventing activists from traveling
By MCN

Several human rights organizations condemned the decision to prevent several individuals associated with effective mobility in the public domain, especially human rights advocates, led by human rights activist Gamal Eid, the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information manager, which seems to be an action to make the Egyptian border a "big jail" for activists.

 

Egypt: “Extremists” Decide Fate of Churches
By Raymond Ibrahim

Several Coptic Christian leaders and priests recently discussed the closures of their churches.  For example, Fr. Stephen Shehata, undersecretary of the diocese of Samalout, Minya, explained how three of the diocese’s churches were shut down because they did not have the required licenses. 

 

 


Muslim Brotherhood Leader: “We Are Getting Closer to Realizing Banna’s Greatest Goal of Establishing the Caliphate”

 

Dr. Muhammad Badi, supreme leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, said: “The Brotherhood is  getting closer to achieving its greatest goal as envisioned by its founder,  Imam Hassan al-Banna. This will be accomplished by establishing a righteous and fair ruling system, with all its institutions and associations, including a government evolving into a rightly guided caliphate and mastership of the world.”

Badi added in his weekly message yesterday [12/29/11]: “When the Brotherhood started its advocacy [da’wa], it tried to awaken the nation from its slumber and stagnation, to guide it back to its position and vocation. In his message at the sixth caucus, the Imam [Banna] defined two goals for the Brotherhood: a short term goal, the fruits of which are seen as soon as a person becomes a member of the Brotherhood; and a long term goal that requires utilizing events, waiting, making appropriate preparations and prior designs, and a comprehensive and total reform of all aspects of life.”

The leader of the Brotherhood continued: “The Imam [Banna] delineated transitional goals and detailed methods to achieve this greatest objective, starting by reforming the individual, followed by building the family, the society, the government, and then a rightly guided caliphate and finally mastership of the world.”

Badi linked this greatest goal to the Arab spring revolutions. He said: “In this Arab spring, the revolutionary people were determined to achieve particular, obvious goals. They were adamant and uncompromising about goals such as the end of unjust regimes and the ousting of unfair rulers, to rid our countries of all corrupt systems that usurped our resources and thwarted our progress.  And today we are very close to achieving a major goal by establishing a righteous and fair ruling system with all its institutions and guiding principles.”  The leader of the Brotherhood accused “adversaries and contenders” of trying to deter the Brotherhood by distracting them with peripheral disputes using flamboyant calls to tear up the unity of the nation, in order to slow down their progression, to eviscerate the revolution, and to distract the Brotherhood from attaining its greatest goals.

He said: “With the blessings of Shura we are on the path of achieving the goals of the nation and the revolution through a candid and genuine representation of the people in the parliament to start building the institutions of good governance and a rightly guided state.”

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Translated by CS from: http://www.almasry-alyoum.com/article2.aspx?ArticleID=322837

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