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Dr. Samy Fawzy, Archbishop of the Episcopal/Anglican Province of Alexandria, presided over the Divine Liturgy in Qanater Prison on Christmas. This visit is held in coordination with the Ministry of the Interior, in the presence of a group of priests and church servants to participate in prayer with the prisoners. In which the Archbishop accompanied Reverend Yashoua and Reverend Hamdy to participate in the prayers.
Today, the church stated in a statement: Today, Archbishop Samy prayed for the women’s and men’s prison inside the Qanater el Khairia Prison Complex, with the participation of 60 foreign imprisoned men and 79 Egyptian and foreign women. He also presented them with gifts, some cash donations, and blankets.
The church provides this service in coordination with the Ministry of the Interior, which is responsible for issuing visitation permits and allowing prisoners to pray collectively and perform religious rites, which are offered monthly by Reverend Yashoua Bekhit, patron of the prison service. Also, Dr. Samy Fawzy, Archbishop of the province of Alexandria, presides over the festive prayers.
The service helps in meeting the physical needs by providing foodstuffs and clothes and paying for the spiritual needs through the monthly sermon. The prison service began in the Episcopal Church more than twenty years ago, and the service is provided to foreign men and women due to the lack of family and friends to support them in Egypt.
The number of prisoners sponsored by the church ranges from 150 to 200 male and female prisoners, The church also helped about 27 prisoners to reach their countries after the end of their sentences, as it provides services to foreign prisoners from different countries such as Cameroon, China, Colombia, Congo, Belgium, England, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lebanon, Nigeria, Peru, Russia, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda, America, and Venezuela.