His Holiness, Pope Tawadros II, celebrated today the first Holy Mass of the Great Lent, which started today. During the Liturgy, Pope ordained 25 priests for the ministry inside Egypt and abroad. The ordination ceremony was held at the Monastery of St. Bishoy in Wadil Natrun. It is worth mentioning that the Coptic Orthodox Church started today the Great Lent fast, which lasts for 55 days.
His Eminence Bishop Hadra of Aswan ordained Yesterday five new priests at the Church of the Virgin Mary in Edfu for the ministry in the diocese. The new priests are Fathers Dawod Yassa, Girgis Sidemn, Maximus Sharobim, Kyrilos Shawky, and Benjamin Zakhari.
Bishop Tadros of Port Said and the Pontifical Vicar of the Diocese of Sydney and its dependencies congratulated the people of the diocese in the Australian states, New South Wales, Queensland and Darwin on the start of the Great Lent, which he described as a season for repentance, charity work and earning virtues. It is wroth mentioning that Abba Tadros, decided to form an education committee consisting of Father Rafael Iskandar, priest of St. George Church in Kensington, Father Michael Michael, Priest of the Cathedral of St. Mary and St. Mina in Beklesi, and Father Antonios Kaldas, Priest of the Church of Archangel Michael and St. Bishoy in Mont Droit. The Committee was assigned to supervise and review the curricula of Sunday schools, and the seminary, and ensure their commitment to the Coptic Orthodox faith.
The Council of Christian Churches in the Netherlands held its periodic meeting in the Coptic Cultural Center Yesterday in Amsterdam for the first time.The meeting was entitled ‘Christ is the Light of the World". The meeting was attended by representatives of several churches in Amsterdam and several keynote speeches were delivered before His Eminence Bishop Arsany distributed gifts to the attendees.
Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of St. Mark See, opened the 7th conference for expatriates in the house of St. Simeon El-Kharraz in Wadi Al-Natrun. Hundreds of Coptic youth participated this year in addition to a number of bishops who will give speeches including: Bishop Moussa of Youth, Bishop Raphael of the Churches of the Downtown Cairo sector, Bishop Dawood of Mansoura, and Bishop Theophilus of Manfalut.
Social media has spotted the picture of Miven Malak, Daughter of martyr Malak Faraj who was slain by ISIS in Libya. She embraced the statue of her father and was very proud to see him as martyr who sacrificed his life for Christ sake.
Coptic Church celebrated the feast of St. Sawiris, Patriarch of Antioch, yesterday. The saint has suffered a lot in order to defend the right faith and was persecuted and displaced and died in Egypt.
Bishops Daniel of Maadi and Mikhail of Qubba sector, have ordained 7 new deacons in perpetration for their ordination as priests next Monday. It is worth mentioning that the Coptic church is starting the Great Lent fasting on Monday.
His Eminence, Bishop Bakhomius of Behira and former Acting Patriarch ordained 6 new priests for the ministry in the dioceses at the church of St. Mark in Karmet Damanour. The new priests are Father Bishara George, Father Apolo Fathy, Father Ghobrial Sobhy, Samaan Faraj, Wannas Poulos and Abahour Alfy. The new priests headed to the monastery of St. Makarious of Alexandria to spend 40 days of spiritual retreat according to the Coptic rituals.
The days of this week started with love and concluded with humanity. We have seen live examples of love, humility, and generosity in the love of Egypt. The start was on Friday, February 14th, which marked Valentine s Day, and it was a special day for the Egyptian community in Australia, which welcomed the presence of Egyptian guests in their humanitarian mission to support the poor of Egypt. The great writer and th