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The Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria is the official name for the largest Christian church in Egypt and the Middle East. The Church belongs to the Oriental Orthodox family of churches, which has been a distinct church body since the Council of Chalcedon in AD 451, when it took a different position over Christological theology from that of the Eastern Orthodox Church. The precise differences in theology that caused the split with the Coptic Christians are still disputed, highly technical and mainly concerned with the nature of Christ. The foundational roots of the Church are based in Egypt but it has a worldwide following. The church was established by Saint Mark, an apostle and evangelist, in the middle of the 1st century (approximately AD 42). The head of the church and the See of Alexandria is the Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of All Africa on the Holy See of Saint Mark.


As of 2012, about 10% of Egyptians belong to the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria.

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This infiltration found a strong ally in Saudi Arabia's Al-Sahwa (Awakening) project. The interaction between these two fundamentalist groups created a hybrid group of many names, giving Egyptian society a new ideology and new approaches. This hybrid group returned to Egypt, and called on Egyptians to ...
Like many of his peers in Egypt, he does not support the Coptic Orthodox Church's strong political stance in favor of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's regime, despite its economic and political policies. They believe that these policies have failed to satisfy a large part of the Egyptian public.

FILE: Gunmen in Egypt have killed 28 people, including children, wounding at least 25 others. ... This after gunmen opened fire on a bus, carrying a group of Coptic Christians, in the southern parts of the Arab world's most populous country. Egyptian security forces are searching for the attackers. Nobody ...
Coptic Orthodox Christianity, perhaps the oldest form of Christianity existent, was born in Egypt. The kind of ... The Pope of the Orthodox Church of Alexandria has supported the Egyptian state for as long as both institutions have existed. ... They were Copts – Egyptians, and they wanted to remain Egyptians.
Up to 10 Coptic Christian asylum seekers in Melbourne are pleading with the federal government to be allowed to stay in Australia, just days before they're ... Malaka Abdelmalak flew to Australia five years ago, as an uprising against the Egyptian government was threatening the safety of Coptic Christians.
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has arrived at the St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo in an historic visit to the church. Prince Mohammed was met by Pope Tawadros II, 118th and current Pope of Alexandria. Earlier in the day, the prince visited the office of the Al-Azhar ...

Up to 10 Coptic Christian asylum seekers in Melbourne are pleading with the federal government to be allowed to stay in Australia, just days before they're due to be deported to Egypt. Updated Updated 6 hours ago. By Manny Tsigas. A group of Coptic Christian asylum seekers is hoping a last-minute reprieve from the ...
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with Coptic Pope Tawadros II during a visit to the largest Coptic cathedral in Cairo on Monday. The first of its kind in the history of Egyptian-Saudi relations. ADVERTISING. inRead invented by Teads. The visit was part of a three-day stay in Egypt for Prince ...
They'd already left their homes in Egypt and landed in York, coming a distance of almost 6,000 miles. Now, after almost two years of worshipping in downtown York, a community of 80 Egyptian Coptic Christian families has found a new home, for now — this time, in Dallastown, about 7 miles down the road.
Two young asylum seekers fear for their lives if they are deported to their native Egypt when their visas expire within weeks. The cousins, along with eight other Coptic Christian asylum seekers in Melbourne, are appealing directly to Immigration Minister Peter Dutton to show mercy and let them stay.
Like many of his peers in Egypt, he does not support the Coptic Orthodox Church's strong political stance in favor of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's regime, despite its economic and political policies. They believe that these policies have failed to satisfy a large part of the Egyptian public.
The Coptic Orthodox Church will dedicate on Thursday a new church to the 21 Martyrs of Libya, who were beheaded by the Islamic State, three years after their deaths. The church will be opened Feb. 15, according to Fides News Agency. It is located in the village of al-Our in Egypt's Minya Governorate.
Many relatives of the Coptic martyrs are coming to attend the service. It is hoped that the remains of the martyrs will eventually be interred in the new church. Their bodies were found in September, in a mass grave on the Libyan coast, near the town of Sirte. The 21 Egyptian Copts were kidnapped by IS in ...
Cairo: An Egyptian court on Monday sentenced a Muslim man to death by hanging after convicting him of murdering a Coptic Christian cleric last October. ... Christians are among staunch supporters of Egypt's President Abdul Fattah Al Sissi, who is pursuing a relentless campaign against radical Islamists.
Cairo - An Egyptian court has convicted a suspect for killing a Coptic priest in a poor Cairo district last year and sentenced him to death. The Cairo Criminal Court said the defendant, Ahmed Saeed, attacked the 40-year-old cleric, Samaan Shehata, with a knife in the city of al-Salam, northeast of Cairo in ...
Pope Tawadros II is the head of the Egyptian Coptic Church, which has backed Egypt's counter-terrorism operation in the Sinai and other parts of the ... CAIRO: Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church announced its unremitting support for a new counter-terrorism operation by the Egyptian military and police to ...
On Friday morning, the Egyptian armed forces launched the Comprehensive Operation Sinai 2018 in north and central Sinai and other parts of the country. "History will record the sacrifices of Egypt's brave army and police who sacrifice their lives for the sake of the country's stability; long live Egypt's unity," ...

After the military overthrew the Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, Copts and their churches were targeted and blamed for the military coup. Heba Morayef, head of Human Rights Watch Egypt explained, “Accusations that Christians were responsible for the coup. Chants that would call Christians 'the ...
His Grace Bishop Karas begins the first Coptic Orthodox service in the old Trinity United Methodist building owned by Bethlehem UMC in Dallastown Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018. York County's growing Egyptian Coptic Christian community had previously used St. Mary's Catholic Church in York for their services, ...
MINYA — Anba Makarios, a bishop in the governorate with Egypt's highest number of violent sectarian incidents, does not employ the usual appeasing rhetoric of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox church. He is a man who makes his voice heard but avoids being seen, expressing himself through official statements ...
Coptic Christians in Egypt ReutersEgypt has an estimated population of 9 million Christians, the majority of whom are Othodox Copts. The court also fined a Christian man, the owner of the church, 360,000 Egyptian pounds (£14,290) for establishing the church without an official licence. The violence ...
Egyptian officials have reacted with anger to a US congressional resolution on the persecution of Copts in Egypt, laying blame on the Muslim ... On the anniversary of the January 25 Revolution, McCain called for respecting "the spirit" of the revolution and Egyptians' democratic aspirations, adding, "Yet over ...
Earlier in January, two Egyptian Christians were shot dead by a gunman as they celebrated the New Year at a liquor store. The shooting came three ... Egypt's Coptic Christians make up about 10 percent of the country's 93 million people, and are the largest religious minority in the region. Copts have long ...
In a show of solidarity with Egypt's embattled Christians, President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi on Saturday made a symbolic appearance at an Orthodox ... not just to Egyptians or to the region, but to the entire world,” el-Sissi told a jubilant congregation while standing next to Pope Tawadros II, the Coptic pontiff.
In a show of solidarity with Egypt's embattled Christians, President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi on Saturday made a symbolic appearance at an Orthodox ... not just to Egyptians or to the region, but to the entire world,” el-Sissi told a jubilant congregation while standing next to Pope Tawadros II, the Coptic pontiff.
Coptic Orthodox Christians packed Egypt's newly built Nativity of Christ Cathedral on Saturday for a Christmas Eve mass after a bloody year for a minority repeatedly ... Within the church, some congregants had small Egyptian flags and used cellphones to take pictures of public figures as they entered.
ROME - In his next-to-last public appearance of 2017, Pope Francis expressed “closeness” to Coptic Christians in Egypt reeling from a pair of attacks on Friday, one on a church in a Cairo suburb and the other on a Christian-owned business that left 11 dead, praying that God may “convert the hearts” of ...
At least 10 dead in Egypt after gunmen opened fire at Coptic church. Email ... At least 10 people were killed Friday after unidentified gunmen opened fire at a church south of Cairo, according to Egypt's health ministry. ... The other attacker managed to escape, according to Egyptian security officials.
Egypt's Health Ministry spokesman says at least 10 people, including eight Coptic Christians, have been killed in a shootout outside a south Cairo church. Khaled Megahed says Friday's attack took place when gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire outside Mar Mina church. One gunman was shot dead as ...
Nine people have been killed in two attacks on Coptic Christians in Helwan district, south of Cairo, Egypt's interior ministry has said. Six civilians and a policeman died when a gunman tried to storm a church but was intercepted and arrested, it said. It said the man had previously attacked a Coptic-owned ...
Hundreds of Muslim demonstrators attacked an unlicensed church south of Cairo, wounding three people, an Egyptian Coptic Christian diocese said Saturday, in the latest assault on members of the country's Christian minority. The incident took place after Friday prayers when dozens of demonstrators ...
Egypt's Coptic Christian minority comprises about 10 percent of the country's population of 93 million people, and is the largest religious minority in the Middle East. They have been targeted by jihadist militants in a series of attacks since December 2016 leaving more than 100 dead and scores wounded.
The leader of Egypt's Coptic Church has cancelled an upcoming meeting with US Vice President Mike Pence, protesting against Washington's move to declare Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The move by Pope Tawadros II on Saturday came a day after Palestinian leaders also said that Pence, who is ...
They'd already left their homes in Egypt and landed at a Catholic Church in York, Pennsylvania, coming a distance of almost 6,000 miles. After almost two years of worshipping in downtown York, a community of 80 Egyptian Coptic Christian families has found a new home for now - this time, in Dallastown, ...
It is a special day for the Coptic community of Minya province, Upper Egypt, as a new church was inaugurated this morning in Al-Our village in remembrance of 20 Egyptian Copts and one Ghanaian Christian beheaded by the so-called Islamic State on the Libyan coast three years ago on Thursday.
They'd already left their homes in Egypt and landed in York, coming a distance of almost 6,000 miles. Now, after almost two years of worshiping in downtown York, a community of 80 Egyptian Coptic Christian families has found a new home for now — this time, in Dallastown, about seven miles down the ...
Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, and Dunedin had a Coptic church but none had been remodelled as extensively as Timaru's to resemble those in Egypt, Makary said. Decent Homes, an interior design and manufacturing company based in the Middle East, sent two carpenters to New Zealand to do the ...
EL-ARISH, Egypt - Egyptian security officials say gunmen have shot dead a Christian man in the turbulent north of the Sinai Peninsula, the latest attack to target members of the country's Christian minority. The officials said three masked gunmen carried out the attack and identified the victim as 35-year-old ...
Many Coptic women, especially in rural areas and Upper Egypt, fall victim to the interpretation of customs and cultural norms as "law," and some people apply Sharia provisions to Coptic women. For many years, Egyptian women's associations have been calling for a law making it a crime to deprive women ...
Egypt's Coptic Christians have been the target of unprecedented attacks since the 2011 Arab Spring uprising. The election of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2012 saw an upsurge with dozens of churches vandalised and even set on fire. And the violence is only escalating. 2016 has seen a wave of terror ...
A cross of an Egyptian Coptic Orthodox church is seen under a “Fanous” decorated lantern in the town of Nagaa Hamady, in Qena, 700 km (435 miles) south of Cairo, January 9, 2010. Photo credit: REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih. Contrary to the celebration of Christmas Mass traditionally being held in the St.
Egyptian authorities announced that they will raise security levels to maximum alert on Sunday in preparation for Coptic Christmas festivities and possible Sinai terrorist attacks. Following a meeting chaired by the Minister of Interior, Magdy Abdel Ghaffar, the ministry released a statement showcasing their ...
The leader of Egypt's Coptic Church has cancelled an upcoming meeting with US Vice President Mike Pence, protesting against Washington's move to declare Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The move by Pope Tawadros II on Saturday came a day after Palestinian leaders also said that Pence, who is ...
Open Doors said: “al-Sonbati had decided to kill any Coptic priest, purchased a dagger and lay in wait for one to pass by in a street leading to the local church. “He reportedly blocked Shehata's vehicle when it passed by and forced him to get out.” The death sentence verdict has been forwarded to the ...
Maspero, the director of the Egyptian Antiquities Service in the 1880s, then created a room devoted to Coptic art at the Egyptian Museum, also ...
A top U.N. lawyer has given the Egyptian government one week to stop the closing of Coptic churches and begin re-opening the ones that have ...
Egypt's Coptic Christians say they are under attack by both extremists ... The closure of four churches in two southern Egyptian provinces (three ...
15 (Xinhua) -- An Egyptian court sought on Wednesday the ... execution of a man who killed a Coptic priest at one of Cairo districts last month, ...
Coptic Catholic patriarch: In Egypt, testimony of attacked Christians inspires ... recent examples of hatred the Egyptian Christians have endured.
The coordinated attacks took place in the Egyptian region of Minya, ... Coptic Orthodox leaders have now spoken out and accused Egypt of ...


 

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