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[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 Monday, Major General ʿIṣām Saʿad, Governor of Asyūṭ, met with Archbishop Nicolas Henry, the Vatican’s Ambassador to Egypt and representative of His Holiness Pope Francis. Archbishop Nicolas Henry visited some churches in various districts of the governorate, and met with Muslim and Christian...
Today, alongside his tour in Asyūṭ governorate, the Secretary-General of the Islamic Research Academy, Naẓīr ʿAyād, visited the monastery of the Virgin Mary, and was welcomed by the monk Bīshūy Bishāra, Secretary of the monastery.
The Ministry of Interior issued a statement revealing the circumstances of the abduction of a six-year-old boy from the village al-Shāmiyya who was playing in front of his house when two unknown men wearing masks on a black motorcycle kidnapped him.
Three gunmen on a motorbike kidnapped the Coptic child, Amīr Nadī ʿIzzat Yūsuf, in front of his house in the village of Shāmiya, the centre of Sāḥil Salīm. His father, Nadī ʿIzzat , was shot trying in vain to pursue the kidnappers, but sustained no serious injuries.
The Coptic Orthodox Church announced the inauguration of the Virgin Mary Monastery in Mount Asyūṭ (known as the Monastery of Durunka). The opening ceremony of the monastery’s archaeological cave after its restoration witness the presence of Bishop Yūʾanis, bishop of Asyut along with a number of...
Orthodox Copts will celebrate the Birth of Virgin Mary in the next month, during which they will visit monasteries and churches. The Virgin’s Monastery in Durnuka Mountain, in Asyūṭ, holds particular fame as it was the last stop for the holy family on their way to Palestine.
Several dioceses of St Mark in Upper Egypt governorates have announced the organisation of Coptic festivals [mawlid] during the current and upcoming period, despite the severe outbreak of the new virus variant, which has claimed the lives of a number of bishops, priests and monks, and infected...
The National Council for Women (NCW) launched a campaign whilst celebrating Women’s Day, under the title “Entrepreneurship for Rural Women”, in cooperation with the World Food Program, from March 14th to 20th, in nine governorates. The nine governorates are Aswān, Luxor, Qinā, Suhāj, Asyūṭ, al-...
Social reconciliation in Egypt has a long, entangled history. Social reconciliation takes place when families or communities need to settle their disputes. Mediation and negotiation are the cornerstones and focal points for settling societal disputes. Various methods were applied including security...

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