His Holiness, Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of St. Mark See, held an online meeting with priests of Montazah Churches and delivered a sermon to them about hope before he answered their questions. The meeting was also attended by His Eminence, Bishop Pavly of the diocese
Court of Cassation issued a final ruling to confirm the former death sentence to Monks accused of killing Bishop Epiphanius of St. Macarius Monastery in Wadi El-Natroun. Bishop Epiphanius was found dead on July 29 inside the monastery and two monks, who were kept in detention pending investigation since then, confessed their crime. The expelled monk Ash’eyaa, whose birth name is Wael Saad, and Monk Faltaous al-Makary, whose birth name is Raymond Rasmi Mansour, were charged of deliberate murder of Bishop Epiphanius.
The Coptic Orthodox Church announced the death of Father Pachomius Fouad, priest of St. John in Nag Hammadi, Qena, who was the sixth priest infected with COVID-19 virus. The priest tested positive 10 days ago and was moved to Isolation Hospital in Luxor where he died.
Coptic Orthodox Church decided to hold an exceptional liturgy to celebrate the Apostles feast on July 12th. This comes as the Churches are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Archbishop Pachomius of Behirah and former Acting Patriarch, decided to extend the closure of churches in the diocese till mid-July to prevent the spread of COVID-19 pandemic. He decided to celebrate the feast of the Apostles with only one priest and four deacons and 25 of the congregation. This came after the Holy Synod of the Coptic Orthodox Church gave bishops the authority to decide when and how to reopen their churches in order to insure safety of the people.
The Monastery of St. Anthony in the Red Sea, which is the oldest monastery in the world, issued a statement to announce it will continue closure for two extra weeks and no visitors will be allowed during that period. The monastery said that the decision will be revised in two weeks and prayed that God may remove this epidemic from the world.
Bihsop Lokas of Abnoub ordained two new monks at St. Mina monastery in Abnoub. The ordination ceremony of monks Poulos and Isaac was attended by Bishops Bemwas of Suez and Arsanious of New Valley.
The Egyptian armed forces built an isolation hospital for the patients of COVID-19 with a capacity of 4000 beds in just 15 days. The hospital was built at the New Cairo fairgrounds and was provided with 50 ambulances and two airplanes.
For the first time in 3 months, the churches of the Red Sea dioceses have celebrated the holy mass amid precautionary measures according to the decision of the Holy Synod headed by His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, the decision which permitted each bishop to decide to reopen or to continue closure of the churches in the diocese. The church organized four masses on two altars, in order to give an opportunity to the largest number of worshippers to celebrate the holy mass and take communion.
Many people asked me about my expectations for the upcoming Parliament, and I told them that it will be totally different from the current one as I believe the circumstances have changed. During the current parliament elections, the state needed a member with special characteristics that helps stabilize the institutions of the state that was on the verge of collapse. Yet, the next council needs to support the p