Christian world

Coptic Church in Egypt will keep churches closed until 27 June

The churches of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt (the Copts make up at least 12% of the country’s population) will remain closed until the 27th of June.

This decision was taken today by the Synod of the Coptic Church led by Pope Tawadros II, given the increasing number of cases of the coronavirus in the country. Experts are unable to determine when it will reach its peak, that is the top of the curve.

Maronite Church to launch food and social assistance plan in Lebanon

Patriarch Bechara al-Rahi yesterday announced that the Maronite Church, alarmed by rising poverty in the Lebanese population, will undertake an ambitious country-wide plan to provide food and social assistance to families without income as a result of the current economic crisis.

The plan will be based on a survey conducted by parishes, bishoprics and monasteries as well as Caritas-Liban, the Church’s official charity, coordinated by the Maronite Center for Documentation and Research under Patriarchal Vicar Samir Mazloum.

Proclamation on National Day of Prayer, 2020

On this National Day of Prayer, Americans reaffirm that prayer guides and strengthens our Nation, and we express, with humility and gratitude, our “firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence.”  As one Nation under God, we share a legacy of faith that sustains and inspires us and a heritage of religious liberty.  Today, we join together and lift up our hearts, remembering the words of 1 John 5:14 that tell us when “we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.”

The Coptic Church allows weddings with few guests

The Coptic Orthodox Church opens its doors to weddings, but with strict restrictions, that is, in the presence of only the bride and groom and a maximum of six guests.

The bride and groom will have to sign a certificate acknowledging that the maximum number of guests allowed to attend the church will not exceed six.

Notre-Dame Cathedral to hold Good Friday mass with participation of 7 people

A small congregation of believers will attend the mass on Good Friday at the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, a year after the historic temple was destroyed by fire. Due to a lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic, only seven people will attend the mass at the cathedral, which will be broadcast on television.