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Furthermore, the Azhar officially announced quitting the constituent assembly due to low representation. Members of the Islamic Research Academy, during a meeting at the Azhar headquarters led by Grand Shaykh Dr. Ahmad al-Tayyīb, stated that the Azhar’s role was crucially marginalized in a country...
Meanwhile, the Millī Council of the Coptic Orthodox Church and the Coptic endowments association demanded that the constituent-drafting panel the be restructured in a way to make it representative of all groups within the society.[Ashraf Sādiq, al-Ahrām, March 30, p. 4] Read original text in Arabic...
Coptic lawyer Najīb Jabrā’īl, the chairman of the Egyptian Union for Human Rights Organization (EUHRO), called for canceling the public prosecutor’s decision to place underage Coptic girl Rānyā Khalīl in a care house for girls, terming the decision as “arbitrary”. [‘Abd al-Wahāb Sha’bān, al-Wafd,...
Najīb Jibrā'īl, the head of the Egyptian Union for Human Rights Organization, called upon the Copts abroad to give a ‘yes’ vote in the coming constitutional referendum. He called it a national duty and emphasizes that “We must not let the Muslim Brotherhood have this chance”. He stated that despite...
The President’s formation of a 10-member expert committee of jurists responsible for amending the constitution has found controversy among Copts. Some remarked that the Coptic representation has been neglected in the committee  whereas others claimed that it is an apolitical technical committee...
The Coptic Orthodox Church denied that there is a contact between the government and church which puts pressure on the Cathedral, in order to prevent Copts from taking part in the June 30 demonstrations. The leaders of the church confirmed their peaceful participation in demonstrations. Najīb Jubrā...
It seems that after President Mursi and his government have failed to resolve the crisis, there is no other solution than to include the Coptic Orthodox Church into the discussion. The connection between the Coptic Orthodox Church and Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church could be the last chance to...
Doctor Najīb Jubrā’īl, head of the Egyptian Union of Human Rights Organization, has requested a meeting with Pope Tawadros to reform the Clerical Council. Jubrā’īl  has requested that more civilians, such as lawyers, psychologists, and social workers, participate in the Council. In addition, he...
Unknown assailants set fire to a church in Nigeria, damaging the building and its contents. The recently-built church is the subject of some local controversy over the ownership of the land the church is built on (Author not mentioned, al-Yawm al-Sāb’, Feb. 28, p. 2). Read original text in Arabic.
Four Copts and one Muslim were murdered in Burj al-‘Arab area in what appears to be a crime motivated by personal rather than religious reasons. The five victims were farm workers, who had apparently insulted, abused, and expelled from the farm a newly hired farm worker, Taha Mūsá. Mūsá has since...

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