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Dr. Abbāss Shūman, deputy of the Azhar and member of the Supreme Scholars Council stated that if a scholar joins a political party this does not mean that the Azhar endorses this party. However, individuals are free to take part on the condition that they do not threaten the stability of Egypt and do not contradict with the Azhar school of thought (Nāddir Abū al- Futūh and Marwá al- Bashīr, al- Ahrām, Feb. 11). Read original text in Arabic.
Pope Tawadros II is going to the monastery of Saint Bishoy in the Wadī al- Nātrun to start the fast of Yunan (Jonah), known as the ‘Nineveh Fast.’ He shall return on Wednesday to give his weekly sermon (Michael Fāris, al-Yawm al-Sābi’, Feb. 10) Read original text in Arabic.
Pope Tawadros II is going to the monastery of Saint Bishoy in the Wadī al- Nātrun to start the fast of Yunan (Jonah), known as the ‘Nineveh Fast.’ He shall return on Wednesday to give his weekly sermon (Michael Fāris, al-Yawm al-Sābi’, Feb. 10). Read original text in Arabic.
Under the auspices of Bishop Mūsá, the Bishop of Youth, and Bishop Martyrus, the Church of the Virgin Mary in Ard al-Sharkah district in Cairo has held a carnival entitled “The Holy Bible for All” in College de la Salle. It included performances that present explications of Holy Bible verses in a creative manner (Mina Zakariyā, Watanī, Feb. 9, p. 3). Read original text in Arabic.
The sufī tarīqah sheikhs announced their rejection of an EU that they believe to be an intervention in Egyptian internal affairs. The EU statement denounced “the absence of a fully inclusive process, the lack of attempts to overcome the polarization of society and reducing political space for dissenting opinions before and during the referendum” and criticized the violence used by police against protestors. Dr. Abd al- Hady al Qasabī, the head of the Supreme Council for Sufī Tarīqahs, stated that Europe must be neutral and must stop making statements that, in his view, have revealed their goals to destabilize Egypt (Author not mentioned, al- Ahrām, Feb. 8). Read original text in Arabic.
Political factions rejected new initiatives calling for reconciliation with the Muslim Brotherhood including the initiatives of the [Muslim Brotherhood led] National Coalition in Support for Legitimacy and the last initiative of Cairo University Professor Hassan Nafaa [a liberal]. Dr. Wahīd Abd al- Maggīd the official spokesman of the Salvation Front, uniting non-Islamist political parties, stated that the initiatives of reconciliation with the Muslim Brotherhood are being proposed in a wrong time, as the conditions are not opportune (Jamāl Abu Al- Dahab et al., al- Ahrām, Feb. 7) Read original text in Arabic.
The first unit in the Administrative Court headed by judge Muhammad Qishtah postponed the lawsuit by a Copt to allow him a second marriage. The lawsuit was filed by Shukrī Abd al- Shahīd against Pope Tawadros and Bishop Bola (Amanī Mūsá, Copts- United, Feb. 6). Read original text in Arabic.
The Holy Synod of the Coptic Orthodox Church shall meet on February 20th to examine and discuss the regulation list of 1957 for papal elections and its amendment. According to a clerical source the meetings, headed by Bishop Rafael, started yesterday in the monastery of Saint Bishoy in the Wadī al- Natrūn. The proposed amendments include that the pope must be fluent in the English language and the number of electors is to be increased (Majdī Fikrī, al- Dustūr, Feb. 5, p. 4). Read original text in Arabic.
Mufti Dr. Shawqī ‘Allām delegated Dr. Ibrahīm Nigm as his representative to take part in the Islam Awareness Week in New York (Author not mentioned, al- Ahrām, Feb. 4). Read original text in Arabic.