A senior church source said in a special statement to the Copts United Electronic newspaper that the personal status law was not discussed during the current sessions of the Holy Synod. The law was already discussed in previous sessions and was approved by the Coptic Orthodox Church. Only few points are still in debate and will be sent to the government after they are agreed upon.
In a customary reconciliation session held in Ashnin al-Nassarah village, Minya, the Christian and Muslim parties apologized for what happened recently in the village denouncing any insult for religion and claiming the application of the law. The session was attended by family members of the accused Coptic man and leaders of the biggest Muslim families in the village. For his part, father of the accused Coptic man assured that account of his own son was stolen and the post was not published by his own son.
Yesterday a number of extremists in the village of Ashin al-Nassarah in Magaghah, Minya, gathered to denounce a post insulting islam according to their leaders. They passed before the church without attacking it, but they attacked houses belong to family of the man accused of posting insults for Islam on his Facebook account. Police arrested 25 suspects in the attack on two houses of Fadi Yousif s relatives, including his father s house. The accused young man, his brother and two of his uncles, all living in Giza, were arrested and deported to Minya to be investigated.
The Isna and Armant diocese organized a mass for the sick and the elderly at the Monastery of the Virgin and Wadmon the martyr in Luxor. The Holy liturgy was presided over by Father Cyrilos Gohar, and the participants shared a meal of love after the Holy Mass.
Bishop Sameul of Timwa perfumed the remains of St. Philopatir in his historic monastery. The celebration was attended by many people who came to celebrate the feast of the saint in the monastery that was founded in the fifth century.
Bishop Arsanisu of the New Valley and the Oasis inaugurated the icons and Holy vessels of St. Mary Church in Kharga. This came during the celebration of Pentecost at the church in the presence of priest s and congregation of the church.
The monastery of St. Philopatir for nuns celebrated the anniversary of receiving his remains. The monastery opened its doors on that occasion before all visitors despite the start of the fasting of the holy Apostles during which the monastery is closed before visitors.
Spokesman of the Coptic Orthodox Church denied the change of Christmas date based on recommendation from the Committee of the diaspora in the Holy Synod. He explained that it needs an official decision of the Holy Synod in order to change the date of Christmas to be celebrated on December 25 instead of January 7th.
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