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Pope Shenouda III rebuffs a proposition that mass should be recited in Arabic instead of the poorly understood Coptic language.
George Ḥabīb Bibāwī publishes the fifth and final episode of his series of articles in Rose al-Yūsuf newspaper about the problems facing the church. This article is entitled ‘Devastating the last lay bastion, what is next?’
Pope Shenouda has involved the church in a difficult crisis with his political stances. Three main groups are expected to compete for the position after Pope Shenouda. The following lines also outline the way in which the pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church is selected and ordained.
The transcript of an interview conducted by Cornelis Hulsman with Kamāl Zākhir Mūsá, in which Mūsá provides a background of his work and publications. Mūsá further describes his own experiences and confrontations with the Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt.
The expected conference for Coptic Orthodox youth on the ‘Da Vinci Code’ novel and discord between Pope Shenounda and Father Mattá al- Maskīn and Max Michel has already sparked controversy.
Kamāl Zākhir, the author, argues that the church became involved in politics and ’the world’ to serve some worldly interests that have nothing to do with its spiritual mission.
A Coptic group calling themselves the Coptic reform group [Editor: Not found on the Internet. No official title for this group] are challenging the church and working to unseat some Church leaders. Coptic thinkers and leaders of the Church respond.
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