On Friday 20 December 2013, All Saints Cathedral will host “A Broadway Christmas” which will include musical highlights from Broadway shows like West Side Story, Phantom of the Opera, Chicago, The Sound of Music, Once, Mama Mia and My Fair Lady, as well as Christmas carols. This event will be Directed by Ms. Dalia Farid Fadel and will feature Nesma Mahgoub, Hany Mustafa, Steven Labat, Therese Ananian, Rita Ashkar, Sherif Rizkallah, Nora Ghobrial, Hilary Baboukis, Marc Wakim, Amira Reda, Lily Farid, and introducing young talent Yousef Shabana. Tickets will cost 50 LE and may be purchased at All Saints Cathedral. All proceeds will go to support the education of disadvantaged preschool children. The event is in cooperation with Global Strategic Consultants and Fabrica. A Broadway Christmas (20 December 2013 at 8pm)
Yesterday, on 29 November 2013, the Arabic speaking congregation at Christ the King Church in Tripoli, Libya celebrated thirteen years of faithful ministry. Several members of the congregation as well as the community brought congratulations in different languages, and the praise team of the church led the congregation in singing praises to God for His faithfulness. Bishop Bill sent his congratulations, saying, “Many congratulations on your anniversary! We praise God with you!” and Bishop Mouneer said, “May the Lord bless you and protect you! (الرب يبارككم و يحميكم).” May God give Christ the King 100’s of more years!
Special thanks need to be given to The Most Rev. Dr. Mouneer Hanna Anis, Bishop of the Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa, whose vision it was to rebuild this congregation; to The Rt. Rev. Dr. Bill A. Musk, Area Bishop for North Africa, who has repeatedly visited and encouraged the congregation since becoming a bishop in October 2008; to the faithful members of the different congregations at Christ the King; and to the team of international ministers at Christ the King: Rev. Vasihar from India, Rev. Gus from Canada, Rev. Ayo from Nigeria and Rev. Samuel from Egypt.
Greetings in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ!
As I write these words, our St. Saviour’s Anglican Church in Suez is under heavy attack from those who support former President Mursi. They are throwing stones and Molotov cocktails at the church and have destroyed the car of Rev. Ehab Ayoub, the priest-in-charge of St. Saviour’s Church. I am also aware that there are attacks on other Orthodox churches in Menyia and Suhag in Upper Egypt (photo above), as well as a Catholic church in Suez. Some police stations are also under attack in different parts of Egypt. Please pray and ask others to pray for this inflammable situation in Egypt.
Early this morning, the police supported by the army, encouraged protestors in two different locations in Cairo, to leave safely and go home. It is worth mentioning that these protestors have been protesting for 6 weeks, blocking the roads. The people in these neighborhoods have been suffering a great deal—not only these people, but those commuting through, especially those who are going to the airport. The police created very safe passages for everyone to leave. Many protestors left and went home, however, others resisted to leave and started to attack the police. The police and army were very professional in responding to the attacks, and they used tear gas only when it was necessary. The police then discovered caches of weapons and ammunition in these sites. One area near Giza is now calm, but there is still some resistance at other sites. There are even some snipers trying to attack the police and the army. There are even some rumors that Muslim Brotherhood leaders asked the protestors in different cities to attack police stations, take weapons, and attack shops and churches.
A few hours later, violent demonstrations from Mursi supporters broke out in different cities and towns throughout Egypt. The police and army are trying to maintain safety for all people and to disperse the protestors peacefully. However, the supporters of former President Mursi have threatened that if they are dispersed from the current sites, they will move to other sites and continue to protest. They also threatened to use violence. There have been a number of fatalities and casualties from among the police as well as the protestors, but it seems that the numbers are not as high as expected for such violence. However, the supporters of former President Mursi claim that there are very high numbers of casualties. The real numbers will be known later on.
Please pray that the situation will calm down, for wisdom and tact for the police and the army, for the safety of all churches and congregations, and that all in Egypt would be safe.
May the Lord bless you!
The Most Rev. Dr. Mouneer Hanna Anis, Bishop of the Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa, and Primate of the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East, is pleased to announce that he will install
The Rev. Dr. Toby Howarth
The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Secretary for Inter-Religious Affairs
as an Honorary Canon of All Saints Cathedral during the 75th Anniversary of All Saints Cathedral Cairo from 1-3 November 2013.
This honorary appointment is in recognition of great work and tireless efforts of The Rev. Dr. Howarth in regard to the important and longstanding interfaith dialogue between the Anglican Communion and Al Azhar Al Sherif, the hub of Sunni Islam throughout the world, located in Cairo, Egypt.
The Rev. Dr. Howarth has visited Egypt and various parts of the Middle East many times, and previously taught Islamic Studies at Crowther Hall, when he was their Vice Principal. His background in Islamic studies and interfaith dialogue will enrich the Cathedral, the Diocese, and the wider community.
The Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa is proud to announce that The Board of the Alexandria School of Theology (AST) has appointed The Very Rev. Canon Dr. Samy Fawzy Shehata, Dean of St. Mark’s Pro-Cathedral in Alexandria, as the Principal of Alexandria School of Theology. Dean Samy holds a Diploma in Theology from the University of Wales, and both a Masters of Arts in Mission Studies and Doctorate in Theology from the University of Birmingham, UK.
In June 2013, Alexandria School of Theology held its sixth graduation service at All Saints Cathedral in Cairo, Egypt. The Most Rev and Rt Hon Justin Welby, the Lord Archbishop of Canterbury, was the commencement speaker.