File- Pope Tawadros II gives a sermon at the Orthodox Coptic church, Melbourne - Press Photo
CAIRO – 26 August 2021: Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and patriarch of the See of St. Mark, inaugurated the Cathedral of St. Macarius at his monastery in Wadi El-Natrun on Tuesday.
On 26 July 2021, Egypt's cabinet headed by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli announced legalizing the status of 76 churches and service buildings, bringing the total number of churches and affiliated buildings that have so far been licensed by the committee to 1,958.
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.