The Coptic Orthodox Church celebrated today the feast of Nineveh after a three-day fasting, during which late daily masses are celebrated. Nineveh fasting commemorates the three days that the Prophet Jonah spent in the belly of the Great Fish and the subsequent fast and repentance of the Ninevites at the warning message of the prophet Jonah according to the bible. The Fast is followed shortly by the Great Lent during which participants abstain from all kinds of dairy foods and meat products.
The Egyptian archaeological mission affiliated to the Supreme Council of Archeology revealed 83 graves during archaeological excavations in the area of Umm al-Khaljan, Dakahlia Governorate. Dr. Mustafa Waziri, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said that 80 tombs dates back to the first half of the fourth millennium BC known as the civilization of Bhutto or Lower Egypt.
His Holiness Pope Tawadros II received Dr. Ahmed Okasha, former president of the World Psychiatric Association, and Dr. Victor Sami, professor of psychiatric and neurological diseases at the Papal headquarters in Cairo. During the meeting, they discussed how to raise awareness about the societal view of mental illness, and the importance of society accepting the idea that mental illness is a disease that needs to be treated since the Egyptian society refuses to accept it. They also discussed the role of the church to make such social change.
The Austrian Catholic Church headed by Cardinal Christophe Schonburn said that the memory of the 21 Coptic martyrs who were killed by ISIS terrorists in Libya five years ago will remain in all souls. This came on the occasion of the commemoration of the memory of the martyrs on February 16. The Austrian Church praised the construction of a Coptic church in Al-Awar village, the home town of the majority of the martyrs. An exhibition with new documents on the history of the Coptic martyrs will be opened on February 15. The church will display panels and audio-visual contributions will be presented in Arabic, English and French languages.
Bishop Paula of Tanta is celebrating the Jonah fasting and feast in Australia in the framework of the pastoral care visit to the Coptic Church in Austiralia. The second day of Jonah fasting was spent in the chruch of St. George in Melbourne.
A number of local and international bodies, including the Canadian Parliament, decided to nominate the Egyptian lady Maggie Gibran known as the title Mama Maggie or Egypt’s Mother Teresa, to obtain the Nobel Peace Prize for 2020. Canadian Parliament Member Garnett Guinness announced his nomination of Mama Maggie for the Nobel Peace Prize this year, in recognition of her great efforts in establishing the Stevens Children’s Charitable Society and serving the poor in Egypt, as well as her active role in promoting a culture of diversity and acceptance of others. Maggie has helped thousands of poor children since she started serving them in 1985 and has received several awards for her great efforts.
Bishop Tadros of Port Said concluded the pastoral care visit to Australia, which extended for 5 weeks, during which he met with the congregation and prepared a report about the diocese to be presented to Pope Tawadros II. Several decisions were made during the visit including the appointing of a new agent and secretary of a financial and administrative committee for the diocese, as well as establishing a committee for guardians of the funds and properties of the diocese. It was also decided to amend the diocese s bylaw.
Egypt’s Prime Minister, Mustafa Madbouly, approved the legalizing of 82 new churches and associated buildings, which raises the total number of legalized churches to 1494 according to the new law. It is worth mentioning that these churches and buildings have met the requirements of civil protection before they can be legalized.
Copts of Al-Karam village withdrew lawsuit before court holds hearing tomorrow. 25 people were accused in the attacks that took place in May 2016, before the scheduled hearing of the case tomorrow. The Copts of Al-Karam village agreed to reconcile fearing threats and revenge of the defendants. The court had sentenced three defendants to 10 years in absentia for stripping an old lady nude and dragging her in the streets to punish her son after a rumor about romantic relationship between him and a Muslim woman.
Mina M. Azer
Egyptians have made several achievements in fencing and many of them won international competitions. In that account, we may hear about champions like Adham Moataz, the European gold medal for the fencing for young men, and Medhat Moataz, owner of the world bronze medal for the fencing. Now, there is a new generation of Egyptians who is not satisfied with achieving local titles, but works hard to win international