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23 April 2015 - The collective "mission" of a large group of imam linked to al Azhar – the biggest theological center of Sunni Islam - and Coptic priests begins today, who for a few days will visit together the schools in the Egyptian province of Minya to meet the students and promote the culture of encounter and of peace during conferences and debates, enhancing it as the basis of peaceful social and religious coexistence. The initiative, supported by the Grand Imam of Al Azhar Ahmad al-Tayyeb and Coptic Orthodox Patriarch Tawadros II, aims to strengthen the fabric of national solidarity and to promote mutual tolerance based on shared values, starting with compassion and solidarity towards fellow citizens in need.

"The meetings in schools - says to Agenzia Fides Anba Botros Fahim Awad Hanna, Coptic Catholic Archbishop of Minya - is held under the auspices of the "House of the Egyptian family", the inter-religious body created years ago by the Great Imam of Al Azhar and the Coptic Orthodox Patriarch and revitalized in recent times as a tool to prevent and mitigate sectarian conflicts, in a time when the upsurge of sectarianism fundamentalist seemed to endanger national unity. In all there are 40 Imams and priests, and all serve in our region. A similar initiative already took place a few weeks ago in some schools in Cairo". The program aims to gradually involve schools in other areas of the Country affected – such as the province of Minya - by sectarian conflicts. (GV) (Agenzia Fides 23/04/2015)

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3 April 2015 - Laying of the foundation stone of the church: Wednesday, April 1, the laying of the first stone of the church dedicated to the "Martyrs of Libya", the 21 Egyptian Copts killed in Libyan territory by jihadists last January, was held in the village of Al Awar, near Samalot. This is what local sources reported to Agenzia Fides. The village is located 25 kilometers from Minya, in the province where most of the victims come from. The initiative was also attended by representatives of the local Islamic community.

The governor of Minya had held a meeting of the Conciliation Committee with representatives of elders and influential Christian and Muslim family clans in the area. Senior representatives of the army and security forces also participated in the meeting. The meetings of conciliation and the intervention of the judiciary and the military was also necessary to overcome protests and resistances that local Islamist groups had put in place in an attempt to block the proposed construction of the church, which was sponsored by the government. (GV) (Agenzia Fides)

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31 January 2015 - A plot of 30 hectares has been made available to the Coptic Patriarchate to build structures and offices connected to the Cathedral of San Marco in Cairo, and three other smaller plots of land to be allocated for the construction of three new churches (two Coptic Orthodox churches and one Coptic evangelical) in three different areas of Cairo.

These provisions ratified recently by the Egyptian Ministry for construction, services and urban communities, was made known by the minister Mostafa Madbouly. In statements released by the Minister and sent to Agenzia Fides, Madbouly highlights that concessions meet real pastoral needs, properly documented by the various ecclesial communities, and were placed in full compliance with the legislation that currently governs the construction of buildings of worship.

At the end of last October, representatives of the main Churches and Christian communities in Egypt had sent a draft bill on the construction of churches to the government, prepared with the intent to outline legal and clear procedures, that shun the construction of churches in every kind of arbitrariness. (GV) (Agenzia Fides 31/01/2015)

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18 February 2014 -  The leaders and many senior members of the prominent Christian denominations in Egypt - including Coptic Catholic Patriarch Ibrahim Isaac Sidrak - will gather at the Coptic Orthodox Cathedral of San Marco in Cairo, in the presence of the Coptic Orthodox Patriarch Tawadros II, to celebrate the first anniversary of the establishment of the National Council of Christian Churches. A year ago, February 18, 2013, the highest representatives of five churches - Coptic Orthodox, Coptic Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Anglican and Protestant – had signed the establishment of the institution with a strong ecumenical value at the Coptic Orthodox cathedral. According to the Coptic Catholic Bishop Assiut Kyrillos William, "the establishment of the National Council of Churches was an important fact for all of us, and we can already see the effects at a local level: during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, one could see that the faithful were pleased to see the heads of Christian churches pray together. "This year, for the first time" refers Anba Kyrillos to Fides Agency "a Coptic Catholic Bishop, the Patriarchal Vicar Hanna Golta, preached in a Coptic Orthodox Church. This had never happened before". According to the Coptic Catholic Bishop of Assiut, the new climate concerning the relations between members of different Christian denominations is largely due to the good will and openness shown by Pope Tawadros.

The National Council of Churches in Egypt has a presidential committee (which gathers the five heads of the Churches involved), a general secretariat (composed of 5 representatives of the various churches and currently chaired by the Coptic Orthodox priest Bishoy Helmy) and an executive committee formed by 15 members. Among them there is also a theological commission, which with time could face at a local level even controversial issues such as how the Coptic Orthodox administer baptism to Christians of other denominations that become part of their Church. Father Bishoy Elmy said recently that between Coptic Orthodoxs and Coptic Catholics there are 15 controversial theological and doctrinal issues on which one can open a discussion. (GV) (Agenzia Fides 18/02/2014)

 

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Wednesday, 27 November 2013 22:44

SYRIA Europe and Syrian refugees

27 November 2013 -  Pax Christi International urgently appeals to the government in Damascus and forces involved in the Syrian conflict so that the Country's borders are opened in order to allow humanitarian relief to reach the besieged population in areas ravaged by armed conflict.
In a statement sent to Fides Agency, Pax Christi International welcomes the statement of the "Geneva 2" Peace Conference which will be convened on 22 January, and believes that a negotiated political solution to the conflict is essential and urges the government of Syria and a broadly representative delegation from the Syrian opposition to move swiftly and with good will into that process. In view of Geneva 2, Pax Christi International calls on the urgent need for a ceasefire to ensure humanitarian access to the besieged areas before the negotiations begin.
In the statement, the organization expressed concern over reports of some European Union countries placing barriers to entry or forcibly returning asylum-seekers including people who have fled the conflict in Syria. Pax Christi International calls on all national and international authorities to ensure the Syrians who are fleeing the status of refugees. By placing barriers of any kind to them - warns Pax Christi - forces refugees to undertake dangerous crossings and places them at the mercy of smugglers.
(GV) (Agenzia Fides 27/11/2013)

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Friday, 07 June 2013 07:57

Egitto Artisti occupano Ministero

6 giugno - Per opporsi alla ‘fratellizzazione’ della cultura,  la cultura egiziana è sul piede di guerra: artisti e intellettuali in rivolta, che chiedono le dimissioni del ministro della Cultura, Alaa Abdel Aziz, hanno occupato il ministero e promettono di non porre fine all’assedio fino quando le loro richieste non saranno esaudite.

Oltre una trentina di persone, tra cui lo scenografo Said Fouad, il pittore Mohamed Abla, e l’editorialista Mohamed Hashem, hanno passato la notte all’interno della palazzina che ospita il ministerno, nel quartiere di Zamalek dove questa mattina si è svolta una conferenza stampa.

“Non accetteremo mai la ‘fratellizzazione’ della cultura” ha esordito il regista Khaled Youssef, un neologismo coniato per indicare l’imposizione dei valori e degli ideali della confraternita al potere nel paese con il presidente Mohammed Morsi.

Ben introdotto nel movimenti islamico, ma poco noto nei circoli culturali, il nuovo ministro in meno di un mese ha licenziato il direttore del Salone del Libro, la direttrice dell’Opera del Cairo e il suo omologo al museo di arti plastiche. Politiche che hanno suscitato scalpore e indignazione negli intellettuali e artisti del paese.

Per pubblicizzare la loro iniziativa e diffondere i motivi della protesta, gli occupanti del ministero hanno annunciato una serie di eventi culturali, tra cui proiezioni di film, mostre fotografiche e esposizioni ispirate alla rivoluzione del 2011.

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Tuesday, 11 December 2012 13:44

11-30 dicembre

Visita in Egitto e in Sudan

Martedì mattina, sr Nunzia, Superiora generale e due consigliere: sr Mary e sr Monica partono per l'Egitto. Al loro arrivo al Cairo, saranno accolte da sr Pascale, Superiora provinciale della Provincia Oriente e da tutte le suore responsabili delle comunità dell'Egitto, del Libano, della Siria e dell'Etiopia, riunite in Conferenza provinciale.

Il progetto inoltre è di visitare ogni comunità dell'Egitto: la scuola Sant’ Anna del Cairo, la scuola Santa Jeanne Antide di Alessandria ed il “Centro dell'amore” creato per i bambini in difficoltà; partiranno poi per l'Alto Egitto e raggiungeranno Nag Hamadi, dove visiteranno una scuola, un foyer ; a Khazandaria e Ghanahem avranno la possibilità di vedere il servizio che svolgono le suore per la promozione delle persone, la pastorale nei villaggi e nei diversi centri.

Il viaggio si prolungherà fino al Sudan ma la visita sarà limitata alla comunità di Khartoum perché il viaggio nel nuovo Sudan, al Sud, non può essere effettuato in quanto non c’è la possibilità del trasporto. In questo Paese, il trasporto aereo è effettuato solo da un aereo delle ONG, ma purtroppo nel periodo natalizio, questi aerei non fanno servizio e non ci sono altre possibilità per raggiungere il Sud Sudan.

La situazione in Egitto è abbastanza preoccupante in questo periodo. Affidiamo al Signore tutte le persone che vivono in questo Paese pensando anche alle popolazioni che abitano nella vicina Siria.

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Monday, 10 September 2012 18:06

Africa ◦ Egypt

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On 1st January 2012 

19 sisters
5 communities


 

Origins  

En 1904,las leyes francesas no permitían la enseñanza a las religiosas: después del Líbano, las Hermanas de la Caridad encuentran un nuevo campo de acción en Egipto.

In  1904, the French laws prohibit the religious to teach; after Lebanon, the sisters of Charity find a new working domain in Egypt.   

 

Starting in Cairo

In 1909, the"Catholic Greek Welfare Society" of Cairo desires to help the young and needy girls by providing work for them in a workhouse… The Society assigns Mr. Luotfi Ayrout Bey the task to find the personnel to manage it. The Superior is aware of the educational  risk required to give the pleasure of work to these future housewives and at the same time, the urgency to provide resources to the needy families. She therefore promises to send sisters during the year to start this work.  

In December 1909, Sister Justin and Sister Fulberte arrive in Cairo. Gratuitous classes are attached to the workhouse as well as non-gratuitous ones in view of diminishing the expenses to the Society. Shortly, the registrations are numerous and it becomes necessary to hire a bigger house : 5 classes  for  200 children.

In  1913 an orphanage is added for 70 children.

The teaching is provided in Arabic and English, two necessary languages in Egypt, but even in French because the pupils who asked for it, could present the examinations in this language. 

The teaching of embroidery, music, painting and other artistic subjects are also added to the classical teaching. 

Three years later, there are 8 classes with 350 pupils.


The apostolic field is extended…

In 1915 the sugar refinery company of Nag-Hamadi, ask the Sisters of Charity to run a school for the children of the European colony and of the local population. 

In  1917, three sisters arrive in Alexandria, as requested by Mgr Briante across an «urgent» telegram to take care of the wounded in a clinic belonging to a French doctor. After the war, this work will be replaced by a school. 

In  1923 : there is a school project with an annexed boarding school in   Abou Dardar, that belongs to Catholic Greek Community. On the 31st May, Mgr Nuti, the Latin Apostolic Vicar, authorises the opening of a gratuitous orphanage, a boarding school and a school in the district of  «Chatby».


The mission branches out towards the South of Egypt     

Nursing service in the government Hospital of Sohag (1963-1987) and of Nag-Hamadi

Medical-socio-pastoral - services in  Zarabi (1978), in Khazandaria (1980) 

 


 

Today
   

Schools:

1. Cairo

2. Alexandria

3. Nag-Hamadi (kindergarten, childcare centre, centre for handicapped children) 

Health and socio-pastoral services:

Khazandaria and Arab

Ghanayem and Zarabi

Nag-Hamadi

 


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