A group of Copts from the village of Kom Raheb in Minya to demand the opening of the church that police have shut down months ago. This came after a funeral of a Coptic man was held in the streets with the nearest church closed and the other church is too far from this village. It is worth mentioning that the Copts were asked to negotiate the reopening of the church with the fanatics!
Under the patronage of His Grace the Bishop Gabriel of Beni Suef, the conference of the ministers entitled (Observe yourself) was concluded yesterday. The conference was held at the virgin monastery in Bayad Arab and several sermons were given by Bishops Ghobrial, Estifanos and a number of prominent clergy.
His Grace Bishop Sharobim of Qena received part of the remains of St. Besentaous from Bishop Pemen of Naqada and Qus. The grave of the saint was recently discovered in Asas desert.
The Monastery of St. Shenouda in Suhag celebrated the feast of its patron saint in the presence of Bishop Ologious, head of the monastery, and Bishop Pachom of Suhag and monks of the monastery. The celebration continues to August 4th, and is usually attended by thousands of the Coptic congregation.
Ezzat Ibrahim, a human rights activist in Minya, said that the disappeared Coptic girl Ferial Milad Fanous, 15 years old, returned to her home after three days of disappearance. He added that the church received the girl and thanked the police for their efforts that succeeded in bringing the girl back.
Coptic MP Nadia Henry said that the path of the Holy Family will be added on the tourist map of the Vatican next October according to the agreement between the Egyptian and the Vatican. She explained that a number of MPs held a meeting with senior officials from the Tourism Ministry who showed great support for the project and promised to do their best to make it succeed.
The Youth and Family Services in Abnoub and Fath diocese organized a conference at St. Mina and St. Abraam in Alexandria for the youth from July 4-6th entitled ‘Tower of Fortification’ and discussed atheism and the need for holiness. The diocese also organized a conference for the family from July 7-10, and discussed a number of challenges that face the families. The conferences were attended by Bishops Lucas and Bavly, members of the Holy Synod and a number of clergy.
The Church of the Virgin and St. Abraam in Brighton, England, concluded its conference of the Ministers of Education held for 3 days at a Christian English resort near Birghton. The conference was attended by a number of specialists including Dr. Michael Hjälm, dean of the Faculty of theology in Stockholm and Bishop Paula of Tanta.
I am not a big fan of football, but since the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) is hosted in Egypt, football has become one of my favorite topics. There are many facts concerning the event some of them look good like the decent organization of the event and some may look bad like Egypt s shock elimination from its 1-0 defeat against South Africa at AFCON.