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An interview conducted by Cornelis Hulsman and Father Joannis from the Coptic Orthodox Church
[The text was written as a chapter for Freedom of Belief and Christian Mission, Edited by Hans Aage Gravaas, Christof Sauer, Tormod Engelsviken, Maqsood Kamil and Knud Jørgensen. Regnum Edinburgh Centenary Series, Vol.
On March 7, 2024, the Holy Synod of the Coptic Orthodox Church, led by Pope Tawāḍrūs, and attended by 110 of the current 133 members, held its general meeting at the LOGOS Center of the Papal Residence in St. Bīshūy Monastery, Wādī al-Naṭrūn, Egypt.
The Monastery of the Virgin Mary and St. John the Beloved conducted prayers to commemorate the acceptance of three individuals into monasticism, following their successful completion of the probationary period for joining the group of monks in the monastery.
The Coptic Orthodox Church commenced the Great Lent on March 11, which will continue until Easter 2024.
Pope Tawāḍrūs II of the Coptic Orthodox Church thanked President ʿAbd al-Fattāḥ al-Sīsī for his congratulations to the Egyptian people on the occasion of the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramaḍān and the Great Lent.
“Egypt has lost a rare man in circumstances that are delicate and that are in need of the judgement, clarity, and experience of the minds of the wise. This man was not only known for his patriotic stances, charitable personality, and tireless efforts on a national level, but also for his commitment...
The Grand Imām of al-Azhar, Sheikh Dr. Aḥmad al-Ṭayyīb, condemned the terrorist attack that resulted in the killing of 3 monks through the targeting of the Monastery of Saint Mark the Apostle and Saint Bishop Samuel of the Coptic Orthodox Church in South Africa.  
Egyptian Copts and the diaspora are preparing for this year’s three-day Nineveh fast, commencing on February 26, fifteen days ahead of the Lent. The fast is observed in honor of the Prophet Yūnān (Jonah), who remained inside the belly of a whale for three days.
The Samāllūṭ archdiocese in the Upper Egyptian governorate of al-Minyā commemorated the 9th anniversary of the ‘Martyrs of the Homeland and Faith’ this week. These individuals were killed in Libya in 2015, between February 9 to 16.

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