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Egypt/Syria: cultural heritage at risk

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Political conflicts in Cairo, and the civil war that broke out in Syria in 2011, between rebel groups and President Bashar Assad’s forces, have inflicted heavy damage on the countries’ cultural heritage. There have already been instances of irreparable destruction of several cultural properties, and many others are at risk. Besides military attacks, “sideline damages”…

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Egypt – The Catholics and the revolution

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  The Catholic Church in Egypt has 250 thousand faithful. Its seven catholic communities live in harmony. The Coptic Catholic Church has the greatest number of faithful, shared among seven eparchies. The Melkite Greek Catholic eparchy, the Maronites, the Syriac Catholic Church, the Chaldeans, and the Latin Catholics can also be found in Egypt, in…

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Egypt – Three priorities

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  Last November, the Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt chose its new Patriarch. An altar boy chose one of the three boxes containing the names of as many candidates and BishopTawadros, formerly a monk in the Saint Bishoy monastery (Wadi Natrun) and then bishop in Beheira, was called to take over from Shenouda III, who…

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Egypt – Street Politics

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  Politically divided, and in turmoil once again. So appears Egypt on the second anniversary of the demonstrations that took place in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, eventually causing the fall of Hosni Mubarak’s regime. More than twelve months after the first free parliamentary vote, and half a year after the presidential election which saw the Muslim…

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Egypt – Who is in charge?

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  Mohamed Morsi won the presidential run-off against Ahmed Shafiq and became the new President of Egypt on June 30th. Morsi, a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, is painfully aware of the limitations imposed on his office. On the one side, popular support to the Muslim Brothers declined sharply in the past year. Voters turned…

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Egypt – Baba Shenouda

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  Pope Shenouda III, 88, head of the Egyptian Coptic Church and one of the most important personalities in Middle Eastern Christianity, died on March 17. He guided the Coptic Church since 1971, during a difficult time when Christians in Egypt faced recurring bouts of violence and the radicalization of the Muslim Brothers. For two…

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Egypt – Crossroads of Change

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‘The people are afraid. The revolution has provided a historic opening for equality and freedom for people of all faiths in Egypt but the prospects for Christians depend on the future government’.Such were the recent remarks of Antonios Naguib, the Coptic Catholic Patriarch of Alexandria. In many respects they encapsulate the sense of deep uncertainty…

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Advocacy

Living as Advocacy.

As members from diverse religious traditions, or even from an a-religious society, we all share a dream to end extreme poverty. The world has achieved remarkable…

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Baobab

How the Leopard Got His Beautiful Spots.

One morning, once upon a time, the tortoise had a very pleasant surprise when he came out of his hiding place under a rock. He found…

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Youth & Mission

2018 - The Synod of Bishops. A New Questionnaire For…

A new questionnaire invites people from ages 16-29 to help the world's bishops prepare for their 2018 Synod gathering on "Young People, the Faith and Vocational…

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