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130 Copts abandon Orthodox Church over divorce rights

CAIRO: The Coptic Orthodox Church was served with court papers relaying the decision by 130 Copts to abandon the Church, leaving them without belonging to a recognized sect. The decision reflects growing tension between members of the Coptic community and the church over divorce and second marriages permits, a papal source told Daily News Egypt …


Egypt protesters demand ‘civil marriage’

By AFP CAIRO: Dozens of Egyptians protested on Thursday to demand the introduction of civil marriages, in order to be able to divorce or remarry. Protesters — Coptic Christians as well as Muslims — want the next parliament elected in September to adopt a law to allow civil marriages. Currently, Egyptians follow the law of …


YEAREND SPECIAL: Egypt’s judicial system challenges the church

By Heba Fahmy In May, the High Administrative Court issued a ruling giving two Coptic men permission to remarry, in a rare challenge to Church rules, which only awards such permission to divorces it sanctions. That ruling sparked demonstrations in Cairo, with angry protesters saying it went against the Bible and claiming state interference in religious …


Court ruling obliges Pope to approve Copts’ remarriage

CAIRO: The Higher Administrative Court recently declined two requests to override its previous court ruling that allows Orthodox Copts to remarry, upholding a ruling it issued last May. The two requests were made by Coptic lawyer and Head of Al-Kalema Center for Human Rights Mamdouh Nakhla, and lawyer Sameer Sabry. The court said that there …


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