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.
Bishop Demetrius of Mallawi, Ansna and the Ashmonin, 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 two deacons. The decision of 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.
Bishop Agathon of Maghagha and Adwa decided to open the churches of the diocese this week while maintaing all precautionary measures and all instructions issued by the Permanent Committee of the Holy Synod regarding prayers and number of attendees. The decision of the Committee gave bishops the authority to decide when and how to reopen their churches in order to insure safety of the people.
Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of St. Mark See, perfumed the remains of St. Moses and St. Isidore at the monastery of the virgin Mary in Wadil Natroun on the occasion of celebrating their feast. It is worth mentioning that St. Moses was a disciple of St. Isidore after his repentance and monasticism.
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.
The Coptic Orthodox Church decided on Saturday meeting of the Holy Synod, headed by Pope Tawadros II, to postpone the reopening of churches of Cairo and and Alexandria until mid-July due to high infection rates. It added that every archbishop will assess the health situation in their governroates with the Holy Communion at every diocese to decide on either delaying or reopening under strict health protocols, the statement said.
Perhaps there are few positive aspects of the Corona pandemic such as highlighting the importance Scientific research in general, and especially in the field of health. In this regard, no one denies that universities in Egypt have played a wonderful role in building the national cultural identity of the Egyptian personality. People considered universities as holy places like houses of worship. Now, after several