Bishop Mouneer Encourages Egyptians to Participate in Elections

On Friday, the 16th of March, as he spoke to national press, Bishop Mouneer encouraged the Egyptians to vote in elections to choose whoever they desire; continuing the path of democracy they once started in 2013, during the second revolution, and 2014, as they vote for the constitute.

When he was asked about his perspective for the last four years, Bishop Mouneer replied “Our country fought violently against terrorism, led by the army and the police, bringing back peace to the Egyptian street. Peace is essential to develop and invest our country, as well as improve tourism, economy, education and health services. It is good to acknowledge the economic breakthrough as well as the infrastructure achievements in roads, electricity sources… etc.”

About the Christians’ situation in Egypt, Bishop Mouneer commented “The constitution affirms the right of citizenship to Christians which was applied by President SiSi when he visited the Coptic Cathedral to celebrate both Christmas and Easter, and when he built a new cathedral in the New Administrative Capital.”

“We still have long way to go and lots of dreams to achieve. With God’s will and our determination, we will be able to face the challenges” Bishop Mouneer concluded.

To view the local press, please click, DotMasr, Al-Arab El-Youm and YoumEl-Sabea.

Provincial Standing Committee of “Jerusalem and the Middle East” gathers at Garden Conference Center

At the beginning of this month, the Anglican Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East met for the provincial standing committee at All Saints Garden Conference Center in Cairo. The meeting was attended by representative bishops of the Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa, Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf, and Diocese of Jerusalem.

The Agenda of the meeting included; the development of a provincial canon law, updates on certain problems, provincial youth  work, provincial clergy conference, and review of structures- province and constitution. The committee also discussed the restructure of the current province due to the need of creation of a new Anglican Province of Egypt.

The members of the committee were able to represent reports, discuss challenges and spend time of fellowship. Let us pray for our leaders as they carry out those missions. May our Lord provide them strength and wisdom as He leads them in their paths.

Ministry of Solidarity discusses project “Together We Develop Egypt” with Bishop Mouneer and Coordinator

Upon’s Ghada Wali’s invitation, minister of solidarity, last Week, Wednesday 28th February, Bishop Mouneer H. Anis and Sheikh Selim, “Together We Develop Egypt” project coordinator, along with Ali Gomaa, chairman of trustees board of Misr El-Kheir organization, were invited to the ministry of solidarity to discuss “Together We Develop Egypt” project.

In “Together We Develop Egypt”, one imam and one priest together lead ten youth, five Christians and five Muslims, in performing service projects that meet the needs of the local community. The program includes training workshops so youth can learn how to best use their skills and work together for the good of their country. The youth also learn how to come up with solutions to problems in their communities, how to be good leaders, and how to spread a culture of peace and tolerance. Together We Develop Egypt currently takes place in ten different areas in Egypt.

After discussing the full details of the project, the minister proposed her willingness to support the project by the ministry to expand it across the country. The meeting was covered by many local newspapers; Al-Youm Al-Sabea, Al-Bawaba News, and Al-Masry El-Youm. Please, click on them to view the original articles.

Completion of “Together We Develop Egypt” in Port Said

On Monday 26th of February, Together We Develop Egypt celebrated the completion of the project in Port Said. The celebration was attended by Bishop Mouneer H. Anis and Bishop Tadros, Coptic Orthodox Bishop of Port Said Region and surrounding outskirts, with Al-Azhar representatives from Port Said and Ismailia, and Head of the District on behalf of General Adel Ghadban, Port Said Governor.

The celebration started with religious songs and recitation of both religions, sang by Al-Azhar representative and Canon Hany Shenoda, the priest in charge of “Church of the Epiphany”; followed by some plays including black theater and poetry. The celebration ended by distribution of certificates and honors.

In his speech, Bishop Mouneer encouraged the youth to work together positively to develop our community. “Don’t curse the dark but learn how to lighten a candle”.

Bishop Mouneer receives I CAN Award from Mama Maggie Gobran

On Friday February 23rd, Bishop Mouneer H. Anis was honoured by Disciples of Jesus Christ Organization, founded by Mama Maggie Gobran, in the presence of Bishop Moses Tay, the former Bishop of Diocese of Singapore and Archbishop of the Anglican Province of South East Asia. Disciples of Jesus Christ Organization is an NGO whose mission is to help save lives, bring hope, and restore dignity to under-privileged children and young people so they may reach their own people.

I CAN award recognizes those who have made an outstanding contribution in the lives of under-privileged children of the slum and squatting areas of Egypt.

Bishop Mouneer receives The Hubert Walter Award for Reconciliation and Interfaith Cooperation

Yesterday, the 21st February, Bishop Mouneer received the Hubert Walter Award for Reconciliation and Interfaith Cooperation for his pioneering ecumenical work in the interfaith dialogue in Egypt and across the globe from Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Webly, during the opening session of the Anglican Interfaith Commission at All Saints Garden Conference Center.

The  Hubert Walter Award for Reconciliation and Interfaith Cooperation recognizes those who have made an outstanding contribution in the areas of reconciliation and interfaith cooperation. Such Reconciliation is the second of Archbishop Justin’s three ministry priority areas. It is named after Hubert Walter, Archbishop of Canterbury from 1193 to 1205, who had dialogue with non-Christians at a time of inter-faith conflict. Its design incorporates a scarab beetle, a motif favored by Archbishop Walter, which some scholars believe may have denoted the resurrection. It was first awarded by Archbishop Justin Welby in March 2016.

The First Anglican Interfaith Commission at All Saints Garden Conference

Upon Bishop Mouneer H. Anis invitation, the Anglican Global Interfaith Commission gathers in their first gathering at All Saints Garden Conference Center. The members of the commission include bishops, reverends and lay ministers representing the different Anglican Provinces around the world.

The program of the gathering included a visit to Pop Tawadros the second, and the Grant Imam, Ahmed El- Tayeb. In the visit Pop Tawadros praised the interfaith dialogue initiated by Bishop Mouneer through different projects e.g. Together For Egypt and Together We Develop Egypt, while, Grant Imam Ahmed El- Tayeb affirmed the importance of  dialogue to accomplish peace.

The program started yesterday to last till Saturday the 24th of February. Let us pray for wisdom and God’s will to be fulfilled.

New Confirmations at St. Antony’s Church

On Friday January 19th, as St. Antony celebrating the Epiphany, the church also joyfully welcomed new members in their Congregation; Mr. Samir Abdel-Allah and his wife Nadia, and Eroina Abdel-Malek. The new members were discipled by Rev. Emad Basilios, priest in charge, for more than three years. In the discipleship program, the new members learned about the fundamentals of our Christian faith as well as the Anglican church, through John Stout’s book “The radical Disciple”, among other books.

Please pray for our new members as they start a new chapter of their lives with the new year, as well as, their congregation and ministers.

Bishop Mouneer participates in Al-Azhar International Conference

Upon the invitation of Al-Azhar Institute , Bishop Mouneer H. Anis took part in the First International Conference of Al-Azhar for the cause of “Peace in Jerusalem”. The conference took place on the 18th and 19th of January in the International Conferences Center in Nasr city. The conference discussed the cause of peace in “Jerusalem” with all international peace-makers, to ensure dignity of the people and protection of the holy places.

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