Egypt, Coptic Orthodox Church agree to new law on church construction
August 30, 2016
The Egyptian government and the bishops of the Coptic Orthodox Church have agreed to a revision of 1934 regulations governing the construction and restoration of churches.
Over the years, local Egyptian officials have cited the 1934 law to prevent the construction of new churches and repairs to old churches.
However, “the situation is still controversial,” said Coptic Catholic Bishop Bishop Antonios Aziz Mina. Some Christian youth groups are criticizing the revisions because, in the words of the Fides news agency, “there are too many technical details, allowing anyone to use again pretexts to prevent the construction of new churches.”
The nation’s parliament is expected to approve the revisions.
- The Coptic Orthodox Synod approves the law on the construction of churches. But there are doubts and disagreements (Fides)
- Cairo: government and Copts agree on church construction law (AsiaNews.it)
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