Pope Tawadros II sent a congratulatory messages to Islamic leaders and officials in Egypt on the occasion Eid Al-Fitr. In his message, Pope prayed for peace, unity and prosperity in Egypt, and that God will end the epidemic soon.
A number of Christian clergy delegations visited several officials to congratulate them on Eid al-Fitr. In the Egyptian governorate of the Red Sea, Bishop Ilarion of the Red Sea, headed a delegation to congratulate Major General Amr Hanafi, governor of the Red Sea, on the feast.
Police in Egypt have been taking extra security measures to secure the celebrations of Eid El-Fetr. This comes with limited feast celebrations this year during the spread of Corona virus. In that account, the authorities decided to close beaches, public parks, shops, malls, restaurants, and areas providing entertainment services.
Raymond Abdel-Masih, brother of the disappeared Coptic woman Rania Abdel-Masih, denied rumors about her return, assuring that such fake news cause harm to the family at such hard times. He explained that the family is now retreating to pray for her return and safety. For their part, police announced that the matter is currently under investigation.
Father Ermia Abdo, head of Archangel organization for accidents and crises In the Diocese of Beni Suef, said that the disappeared Coptic minor girl, Justina Magdi Attia, was found and will return to her family as soon as possible. The Coptic child Justina is less than 16 years old and was reported missing last month, before police found her today.
The official spokesman of the Coptic Orthodox Church said on his Facebook page that a man threw a Molotov cocktail at the church of St. Mary Church in Ghobrial, Alexandria on Saturday May 16th. The attack caused no harm for people or the building and it was recorded by surveillance cameras of the church. Police have arrested the man and he is currently under investigation.
Ghali Iskandar, Lawyer of the Coptic Church in Behira, said that Father Yassa Sobhy of the church of St. Karas in Koum Faraj, Abul Matamir, Bhira was injured while City Council demolished unsilenced Church and a mosque. The church was built 15 years ago but it was not yet legalized and some clashes happened with the Muslims of the village before they built a mosque in front of the church. The City Council ordered to demolish of the unlicensed buildings though the church filed a law suit to stop the decision and legalize the church. The City Council applied the decision and police have attacked the priest who tried to prevent the demolishing of the buildings.
President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi continues his approach to support equal citizenship and confronting the ideology of hate by opening a church in all new cities. Today, the Egyptian president opened the Cathedral of the Virgin and St. Philopatir and St. Karas in Bashayer Al-Khair project in Alexandria. The president was accompanied by His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of St. Mark See, and a number of members of the Holy Synod.
Bishop Angelos of the northern Shubra churches led the evening prayer of St. Demiana s feast in her church in Baba Duplo in Shubra, with the participation of the church priests, and 3 deacons, while the congregation were prevented from participating due to Coronavirus. The prayers were broadcast on the official page of the church on Facebook.
The Church of St. Mark in Alexandria is the oldest church in Egypt and Africa, dating back to the first century. It was built at the place of the house of St. Anianus who was the first to believe in Christ by St. Mark s preaching. It also contains about 55 of the first patriarchs of the Coptic Church. Father Abram Emil, Priest of St. Mark s Cathedral in Alexandria explained in his article The Church of St. Mark