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.