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Update on Coptic issues carried into 2020

By Youssef Sidhom – Watani – As 2019 drew to a close, I reviewed a number of Coptic issues that had not been resolved during the year, meaning they had to be carried into 2020 for [...]

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Detailed reading into legalisation of unlicensed churches

By Youssef Sidhom – Watani – Problems on hold In last week’s Editorial, I listed the unlicensed churches which were granted legality throughout the last two years by the Cabinet [...]

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Reading into legalisation of unlicensed churches

By Youssef Sidhom – Watani – The date 28 September 2019 marks two years since a specially-tasked Cabinet committee began looking into the legal status of unlicensed churches and [...]

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The Reality of Church Construction in Egypt

By Ishak Ibrahim – TIMEP – Egypt’s 2016 Church Construction Law established what was, on its face, a streamlined process for the construction of churches, and also provided for a [...]

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Coptic Solidarity Condemns Continued Closure of Coptic Churches

By Coptic Solidarity –  Coptic Solidarity strongly condemns the closure of the Anba Karas building by the police in Sohag, Egypt on April 13, after Muslim mobs repeatedly protested in front [...]

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Egypt approves legalization of 80 churches

By Egypt Independent – Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm The main committee for the legalization of churches in Egypt approved on Monday the legalization of 80 churches and affiliate [...]

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Waiting until you can’t

By Hadeer El-Mahdawy – Mada Masr – Translated by Ian Louie How a Minya archdiocese’s 17-year long attempt to license a church was capped by violence Nineteen people were [...]

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Report – Prayers Unanswered: Assessing the Impact of Egypt’s 2016 Church Construction Law

By POMED –  EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has promised to improve the situation of the country’s Christians, who by many estimates constitute about ten percent [...]

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Egypt Approves Legalization of 168 New Churches

By Egyptian Streets –  A committee headed by Prime Minister and Housing Minister Mostafa Madbouly approved the legalization of 168 churches and buildings on Friday. The committee officially [...]

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Church Under Legalisation Attacked In Beheira

By Watani –  A church in the village of al-Shuqaf in Housh Eissa in the west Delta province of Beheira was attacked by a mob of Muslim hardliners on Saturday 26 May. The mob also pelted the [...]

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