The court had made a similar ruling in March 2008, leading Pope Shenuoda and 90 other officials in Egypt's Orthodox Church to sign a statement against the verdict.
For him, the high court does not have the authority to dictate religious beliefs or practices. Hence, whilst “the Church respects the law [. . .] but it does not accept rules except from the bible," the pope said.
Under Egypt’s personal law, marriage and divorce proceedings are based on the couple's religion.
Unlike Islam, the Coptic Church does allow divorced people to remarry.
In the case of mixed marriages with Muslims, Islamic law applies.
The ruling challenges the church's efforts to hold sway over its flock and preserve Coptic values in Egypt, where conservative Islamic trends have gained ground.
Christians, mostly Orthodox Copts, make up about 10 per cent of the Egyptian population. The other 90 per cent is Muslim.