Diocese Of Egypt

 Prisoners’ service continues despite stopping visits because of Coronavirus


The Episcopal/Anglican Church Prison Ministry continues to provide moral support and to meet the needs of prisoners instead of weekly visits to the charitable Al-Qanater area after visits have been suspended due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus.
The prison Ministry coordinator, Sanaa Jamil, said in a statement issued by the church today: “Due to the circumstances of the Corona pandemic, visits have stopped and we could not visit the prison at the time being, but we continue to provide material and moral support to the prisoners by depositing financial aid by their names in the prison safe and delivering letters From prisoners to their relatives and vice versa.
The church, in coordination with the Ministry of Interior, which issues permits to visit and allows prisoners to pray in collective prayer and to hold religious ceremonies offered by the priest of the ministry Rev. Yashou Bekhit and Dr. Mouneer Hanna, Archbishop of Province of Alexandria region, Leads the prayers of the yearly Celebrations.
The service helps to meet physical needs by providing food, clothing, and spiritual needs through the monthly sermons, as the prison service in the Episcopal/Anglican Church began more than 20 years ago and provides service to foreign men and women because of the lack of family and friends in Egypt.
The number of prisoners served by the church ranges from 150 to 200 prisoners and also the church helped around 27 prisoners to reach their country after the end of their sentence. Service is provided to foreign prisoners from various countries such as Cameroon, China, Colombia, Congo, Belgium, England, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lebanon, Nigeria, Peru, Russia, South Sudan, Uganda, America, and Venezuela.

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