» 04/19/2017, 14.34
EGYPT – TURKEY – VATICAN
Bartholomew and Pope Francis together at Al-Azhar in Egypt
Both will speak at the international conference on peace on 28 April. Al-Azhar Grand Imam el-Tayyib and the Coptic Patriarch Tawadros will also be present. The latter’s community was the victim of attacks on Palm Sunday.
03/07/2017 12:58:00 LEBANON
The Muslim world in search of "Civil State"
Lebanon promotes a colloquium to boost political impact an momentum of al-Azhar statement on citizenship. Towards the recognition of the " Civil State " (an expression intended to avoid the ambiguity that Muslims harbor for the term "secular state") in which the notion of citizenship, with all its legal implications (equality of rights and duties for all citizens) replaces that of Muslim, Christian, minority and majority religious belonging
Egypt: Islamist Muslim Brotherhood set sights on al-Azhar
The Grand Mufti of Egypt criticizes Islamists’ attacks on authorities of the largest Sunni university. The great Imam al-Tayeb and the rector of the University are being investigated for the poisoning of 550 students. But according to AsiaNews sources the move is only a pretext of the Muslim Brotherhood to gain control of the institution. Al-Azhar cleric: "The Islamists are poisoning the minds of our students."
The Egyptian government tries to mend fences between Al-Azhar and the Vatican
In a meeting with the Egyptian foreign minister, Imam Ahmed El-Tayeb says he is willing to renew relations with the Vatican. However, he still wants an official apology from the pope for making an appeal on behalf of Egypt’s Christians and their security. A spokesman for the Egyptian Catholic Church expresses his appreciation for the government’s work in trying to relay the Holy Father’s concerns about Egypt.
02/03/2017 14:38:00 EGYPT – ISLAM
No one cares about Copts who fled northern Sinai
News about violence against Copts have disappeared from Egyptian media. For the government, the crisis has been resolved. International conferences continue. The one organised by Al-Azhar ended yesterday with no results. More than 1,500 Christians have fled from El Arīsh.
12/12/2016 15:26:00 EGYPT
Francis calls Tawadros II to convey his condolences and solidarity to Copts and victims
Pope expressed his closeness to the affected community, especially women and children who represent the largest number of victims. He mentioned the blood ecumenism of martyrs and offered prayers for peace in Egypt and the world. Funerals took place in Cairo led by Patriarch Tawadros II. The attackers "have offended an entire nation."
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