Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Pope Shenouda: No Meeting.

A report published today mentioned that Pope Shenouda has declined a meeting request by a number of officials from the government, security directors, and the ruling party in Egypt. The reason given was that the Pope is in a period of seclusion in a monastry.

There seem to be discussions in the leadership circles of the Coptic church about declining to receive the state officials who usually come for a visit on the occasion of Easter. This attitude expresses protest from the church regarding the repeated attacks on Copts and Coptic institutions, which happen without a strong reaction from the government against the fanatic Moslems. The numbers of these fanatics have increased in a way that threatens great dangers.


At 7:44 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

In any moment ,in Egypt or outside Egypt,the religious leadership stands against State,a catastrophe had happened.I think Pope is not stupid enough to do that.The problem in Egypt will be solved by egyptians themselves,nobody else.

At 3:57 PM , Blogger xavier said...

I also suspect that Shenouda is also blowing off the regime. After all the officials want to see him and basically order him to tell the world that (a) there's no oppression (b) Copts and Moslems love each othr that after prayers and mass they hold hands and sing the sound of music together
(c) the domestic message that the Copts had better shut up and not embarras the country by exposing the dirty laundry

At 8:02 AM , Anonymous raif said...

xavier and anon.,

I think that Pope Shenouda is a wise and good man. We must always remember that he is carrying a huge responsibility on his shoulders and most of the time he has to walk a very delicate path between the Copts demands and the present political situation in Egypt. It is NOT an easy task.

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