Egypt's cabinet: 1,882 churches, service buildings legalized nationwide so far



Tue, 13 Apr 2021 - 11:14 GMT


Tue, 13 Apr 2021 - 11:14 GMT

FILE – New Administrative Capital church

FILE – New Administrative Capital church

CAIRO - 13 April 2020: Egypt's cabinet headed by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli announced on Saturday that 1,882 churches and Coptic service buildings have been legalized so far nationwide.


This came during the meeting of the committee responsible for churches legalization in the presence of Justice Minister Omar Marwan, Local Development Minister Mahmoud Sharawi, Housing Minister Assem el Gazzar, and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Alaa el-Din Fouad, the Cabinet's spokesman Nader Saad said Monday.

The committee approved legalizing the status of 82 churches and buildings, Saad noted.

Meanwhile, Madbouli urged the attendees to accelerate the measures of legalizing the remaining churches.


The Cabinet’s decision to legalize churches comes according to 2016's article number 80 of the law regulating building churches.

In February 2018, during the term of former Prime Minister Sherif Ismail, it was announced that in accordance with the country’s constitution that adopts “the right to practice religious rites within different worship houses,” approval was given to study the cases of 53 churches along with several affiliated buildings to be officially licensed during the Cabinet’s following meeting.

Several conditions were laid in the statement for the churches to be finally recognized by the government as legal religious buildings. These conditions include meeting the requirements for civil protection within a period of four months and fulfilling all the state's rights regarding the rationing of the land on which such buildings are built. The approval may be withdrawn if the buildings do not finish civil protection facilities in four months.

On January 9, Egypt’s Ministry of Housing issued a decision to allocate lands to establish 37 churches in various new cities, Walid Abbas, assistant housing minister revealed. In an interview with Egypt Today, Abbas said that the government’s New Urban Communities Authority ordered allocating lands for 30 churches in different new cities from 2014 to 2017.

Abbas added that the authority also approved establishing seven other churches in new cities in 2018, besides the Church of Nativity, the Middle East’s biggest church that has been inaugurated in Egypt’s New Administrative Capital.



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