Turkey offended by Pompeo’s plan to discuss religious issues

Publication Date: 11/11/2020

Source: AP News

Turkey took offense at a U.S. statement that said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo would promote religious freedom during an upcoming visit to Istanbul and called Wednesday on Washington to focus on racism and hate crimes in the United States instead.

The State Department said in a statement Tuesday that Pompeo would travel to Istanbul to meet with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of the world’s Greek Orthodox Christians. The top U.S. diplomat plans to discuss religious issues in Turkey and to promote “our strong stance on religious freedom around the world,” the statement read.

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Alexandria Patriarchate to house new Coptic museum in 2021

Publication Date: 3/12/2020

Source: Egypt Independent

The Greek archaeological mission in charge of restoring the Patriarchate building and its courtyard will open a Coptic museum in the courtyard in 2021, General Undersecretary of the Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Alexandria, Abram Emil, said.

Construction was scheduled to start before the coronavirus outbreak, but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Emil told Al-Masry Al-Youm on Thursday the museum will include important collections of the cathedral’s ancient holdings, most notably a number of historical Bibles, old books and some vessels used in church prayers.

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US senators urge Egypt to take action in case of detained Christian activist

Publication Date: 20/11/2020

Source: Middle East Eye

A pair of bipartisan senators called on the Egyptian government to take action in the case of an imprisoned Egyptian human rights activist amid allegations of torture and increasing health concerns related to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Republican Senator Thom Tillis and Democrat Chris Coons, co-chairs of the Senate Human Rights Caucus, sent a letter to the Egyptian embassy in Washington last month, The Hill reported on Friday, advocating on behalf of Ramy Kamel, who has been imprisoned since November 2019.

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8 arrested in clashes between Muslims and Copts

Publication Date: 27/11/2020

Source: Middle East Monitor

Egyptian authorities have arrested eight people following clashes that erupted on Wednesday evening between Muslims and Coptic Christians in the Minya governorate, reported local and foreign media on Thursday.

The Egyptian authorities have not yet commented on the media reports.

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) reported on Thursday that the authorities in Egypt are detaining a number of people in a village in the Minya governorate following clashes between Muslims and Copts.

Cairo 24 quoted a security source stating that the Central Security Forces of the Ministry of the Interior intervened to control the situation in the village of Deir El-Bersha.

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Coptic Orthodox Church rejects all insults towards religion: Spokesperson

Publication Date: 16/11/2020

Source: Egypt Independent

The Coptic Orthodox Church totally rejects insults directed towards any religions, said Church Spokesperson Boulos Halim in response to a recent spat between a Christian and a Muslim which ended in their arrest.

On Friday, prosecutors ordered the detention of Youssef Hany, an 18-year-old Christian student in the second grade of the Faculty of Arts at Suez Canal University, and a Muslim woman arrested for slandering the Christian faith for four days pending investigations.

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Renewed Turkish Genocide of Armenians and Syriacs Continues an Alarming Trend

Author: Richard Ghazal

Publication Date: 5/11/2020

Source: Providence

On the morning of September 27, 2020, overwhelming support for the ethnic Armenians of Artsakh (or Nagorno-Karabakh) flooded social media in the wake of Azerbaijan’s unprovoked attack on the former autonomous oblast. Among Artsakh’s most ardent supporters were Syriac Christians, who, as a result of twentieth-century Anglo-French mapmaking, now straddle the Turkey-Syria border between warring nations.

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Coptic Patriarch wants social media to be used carefully

Publication Date: 16/11/2020

Source: Agenzia Fides

It is certainly not social networks and social media that open the gates of Paradise to the men and women of today. This was underlined by Pope Tawadros II, Patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church in a speech to the members of the Rotary Club of Alexandria-Pharos based on a famous quote from St. Filippo Neri. In his speech, Pope Tawadros added that social media is a "double-edged sword", like a "knife" that can be used correctly or incorrectly, with a destructive potential capable of harming individuals and lacerating the social fabric. "Everyone receives a gift from God 24 hours a day", said the Patriarch and if you spend most of your life in social networks, as happens to so many young people, you end up wrecking this treasure. In our time - Pope Tawadros acknowledged - "every person cannot help but use modern technological devices in their daily life. But this use must be done wisely and without excesses".

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Watch: Bethlehem lights up Christmas tree as coronavirus rules keep crowds away

Publication Date: 6/12/2020

Source: Al-Arabiya

Bethlehem lit up its Christmas tree on Saturday evening but without the usual crowds, as novel coronavirus restrictions put a damper on the start of Christmas festivities in the holy city.

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Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church suspends masses for one month over rising Covid-19 cases

Publication Date: 6/12/2020

Source: Ahram Online

Egypt's Coptic Orthodox churches will suspend masses and other services in Cairo and Alexandria starting Monday for one month due to rising numbers of coronavirus cases detected among clergymen and churchgoers.
According to an official statement released by the Coptic Orthodox Church on Saturday, Sunday's schools, meetings, services and masses will be also be suspended.

Priests in every church will be allowed to hold only one mass weekly in the presence of a maximum of five deacons only.

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Very good news: Palestinian Authority officially recognizes Palestinian Evangelical Council of Churches after 12 year effort. Here’s the latest.

Author: Joel C. Rosenberg

Publication Date: 20/11/2020

Source: Kehila News

It is my deep conviction that Evangelicals in North America and around the world who love Israel and the Jewish people must also love all Arabs, including the Palestinian people.

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