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President of Egypt Appoints representatives of Christian Churches to the Constitutional review Commission

Sources in Egypt say on Saturday the interim president, Adly Mansour, signed a decree establishing a commission of fifty members who will study and propose amendments to the provisional Constitution. Several representatives of various Churches and Christian communities will be part of the commission. Last year christian representatives withdrew from a commission set up by deposed president Mohammed Morsi when it became clear that his Moslem Brotherhood and its allies, who were the majority on the commission, were determined to impose an Islamic law on the country. In another development the Coptic Orthodox Pope, Tawadros the second, has suspended a weekly meeting of public prayer and catechesis for security reasons. The catechesis is held every Wednesday afternoon in the Coptic Cathedral of Cairo. The Secretary General of the Council of Churches in Egypt, Fr. Bishoy Helmy, told Fides Catholic News Agency last week that the Coptic Pope had avoided public gatherings for the safety of the people of Cairo. It is feared that Islamic fundamentalists might attack the faithful during the catechesis and kill them. Some fundamentalist groups have accused Christians of conniving with the Egyptian military to depose President Mohammed Morsi. As a result the Ministry of Internal Affairs has ordered increased protection around Pope Tawadros and the Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmed al Tayyeb. Both had appeared on July 3rd at the side of General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the head of the Egyptian army, when he addressed the nation on the plan to depose Morsi. Since then there have been attacks by supporters of Morsi against Christians and their places of worship.


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