International news briefs for September 26, 2014

The Bishop of Egypt, Dr. Mouneer Anis, has applauded his fellow countrymen’s patriotic spirit in supporting President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s proposal to build a second Suez Canal to accommodate supertankers and other large cargo ships. On 21 Sept 2014 Dr. Anis reported that “millions of Egyptians queued in the banks to deposit whatever they had […]

International news briefs August 8, 2014

The Church of North India’s Bishop in Delhi, the Rt. Rev. Sunil Kumar Singh, wrote to the members of his diocesan synod announcing he was standing down for health reasons. A member of the CNI executive synod told the Church of England Newspaper the bishop’s letter cited ill health for his retirement seven years ahead […]

Overseas news briefs June 6, 2014

The Sudanese Council of Churches has called for the immediate release of Mariam Yehya Ibrahim, the Christian woman sentenced to death last month for apostasy from Islam by a Khartoum court. In a 1 June 2014 statement given to the media, the SCC said the death sentence for apostasy and sentence of 100 lashes for […]

Secret Cairo meeting yields dividends for Justin Welby

The Archbishop of Canterbury has bolstered his wavering support from overseas church leaders following a closed door meeting last week in Cairo with Asian, African and South American archbishops. The day after the House of Bishops approved its Pastoral Guidance on Same Sex Marriage, the Most Rev. Justin Welby met in private with the steering […]

Joy and democracy in Egypt

Last week’s referendum on a new constitution was marked by joy and dancing in the street, the Bishop of Egypt reports, as the country showed its support for the ousting of former President Mohammad Mursi. “I can see my beloved country standing on the doorstep of a new day,” Dr Mouneer Anis said on 15 […]

Church backing for second Arab Spring in Egypt

Christian leaders have welcomed the overthrow of Pres. Mohammed Mursi and his Muslim brotherhood government in Egypt. Following four days of nationwide demonstrations that saw an estimated 20 million Egyptians take to the streets on 3 July 2013 the Egyptian army seized power, arresting Pres. Mursi and suspending the country’s Islamist Constitution. “At last, Egypt […]

Egypt on the brink, Anglican bishop warns

Hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Egypt on 30 June 2013 calling for the ouster of Mohammed Mursi on the first anniversary of the inauguration of the Muslim Brotherhood Leader as President of Egypt. The collapse of the economy and dissatisfaction with the hardline policies of the government left Egypt on […]

Egypt on the edge Bishop Anis warns

The Anglican Bishop of Egypt has warned that the sectarian battle outside St. Mark’s Cathedral in Cairo between Copts and Islamists could take the country into civil war. “Such attacks could lead the country into the abyss of sectarian sedition and deteriorate the social, economic and political conditions of the country. These actions could worsen […]

Crisis talks to save Egypt

The rector of the Al-Azhar in Cairo has convened an all-party meeting of government, opposition, and religious leaders to halt the slide towards anarchy underway in Egypt. On 31 Jan 2013, Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayyeb, the Grand Imam of the al-Azhar University and the country’s leading Islamic scholar, sat down with senior government leaders, the opposition […]

Martial law in Egypt

President Muhammad Mursi of Egypt declared a “state of emergency” for Port Said, Ismailia and Suez this week, placing the cities and their surrounding provinces under martial law. The imposition of a curfew and suspension of civil laws on 27 Jan 2013 comes in the wake of violent riots in Port Said and four days […]

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