Egypt’s Cabinet approved on Monday the legalization of 216 unlicensed churches and service buildings, raising the total number of legalized churches and buildings to 2815.
Egypt has a strategy of eliminating discrimination based on any thing while spreading a culture of diversity and freedom of faith, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi told heads of churches across the Middle East on Tuesday.
Egypt hosts for the first time the works of the General Assembly of the Middle East Council of Churches in its twelfth session Monday.
The Egyptian churches have witnessed great revival in recent years, and this is seen in President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s instructions to build churches at every residential block.
Egyptian churches witnessed in “breakthrough” after the issuance of the law on building churches in 2016, said the spokesperson of the Coptic Orthodox Church in a Tuesday report.
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.
June 1 marks the day in which Egypt embraced the Holy Family, where they found safety and security among its people for more than three years.
The Armed Forces has dispatched sterilization vehicles and portable disinfection kits to disinfect churches that witness large turnout during religious events as Easter celebrations approach.
New 45 churches and 55 service buildings were announced to be legalized since last May by the Committee responsible for Churches Legalization according to Egypt’s Cabinet, Monday.
Late June, the Standing Committee of the Holy Synod of the Coptic Orthodox Church decided to postpone re-opening churches in Cairo and Alexandria for two weeks.
Since March 21, 2020, churches have been closed as a protective measure against the spread of COVID-19.
Zaki made the announcement during a virtual meeting of the Evangelical Confessional Council in the presence of evangelical church leaders.
Gomaa on Tuesday denied reports circulated on social media sites that his ministry intends to re-open mosques in the coming days.
The monks will continue holding the mass with one of the servants in the absence of churchgoers, according to a statement issued by the church on Friday.
The Council of Churches of Egypt has praised the strenuous efforts taken by the state to confront the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
The approvals take the number of churches that adjusted their status in Egypt up to 1,412 the statement reported.
The representatives of Christian sects thanked Madbouli for the efforts exerted by the government in the file of adjusting the status of Churches in Egypt.
The move was made during a meeting of the committee that was chaired by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli in the presence of the justice minister.
Pope Tawadros II, the Patriarch of Alexandria, is set to hold a meeting with board members of the Coptic churches in the Arab Gulf states.
The Cabinet’s meeting announced that 111 churches and church-affiliated service buildings will be legalized provided they meet the structural safety requirements.