News

102 Churches to be Legalised in Egypt

102 Churches to be Legalised in Egypt

 

A Coptic Christian visits the ancient church of St. George, Egypt’s principal Greek Orthodox church, in the Coptic Cairo neighborhood. AP Photo/Mosa’ab Elshamy

Prime Minister Sherif Ismail has approved the legalisation of 102 unlicensed churches and 64 church-associated buildings according to the MENA news agency.

The policy transpired on Monday during a meeting with a regulating committee charged with reviewing and legalising unlicensed churches.

It is extremely difficult in Egypt to gain church building licenses, with the process often taking years, which means that many Egyptian Christians congregate in unlicensed churches. However, as of late, regulations appear to be loosening. January saw an order issued from Egypt’s Ministry of Housing allowing Christians to practice their religious rites at unlicensed churches pending legislation procedures, while in February the Cabinet’s Committee approved the legalisation of 53 churches and church-affiliated buildings.

Indeed, 2016 saw the passing of a law that eased regulations around obtaining licences for building Christian houses of worship, building on the 2014 constitution which guarantees the right to freedom of religious practice for Muslims, Christians, and Jews.

Christians are a religious minority in Egypt and the issue of building churches in the country has been particularly controversial. According to Catholic News Agency, Egypt has about 2,600 churches in the entire country, meaning there is one church for every 5,500 Christian citizens, while there is one mosque for every 620 Muslim citizens.

There has been a number of incidents where often-Muslim mobs have instigated attacks against Christian citizens and damaged or destroyed churches, particularly in Upper Egypt.

Egypt's Military Declares IS Leader is Killed in Sinai
Egypt's Unemployment Rate Drops to 11.8 Percent In 2017

Subscribe to our newsletter


News

More in News

AI to Boost Egypt’s GDP by 7.7% in 2030: Minister of Higher Eduction Predicts

Egyptian StreetsMay 19, 2019

Explosion Reported Near Grand Egyptian Museum

Egyptian StreetsMay 19, 2019

Egypt’s New Rod-Al Farag Axis Bridge Receives Guinness World Record Certificate

Egyptian StreetsMay 18, 2019

‘Direxiona’: Egyptian Platform for Female Driving Instructors Wins First Prize in AFD Competition

Egyptian StreetsMay 17, 2019

Egypt to Receive Final Installment Worth $2 Billion from IMF Upon Board’s Approval

Egyptian StreetsMay 17, 2019

President Sisi Pardons Over 500 Prisoners

Egyptian StreetsMay 17, 2019

Culprits Behind ‘Celebratory Gunfire’ Killing of Young Teenager Arrested

Egyptian StreetsMay 16, 2019

International Campaign Calling to Deactivate Airbnb on 71st Nakba Day

Egyptian StreetsMay 15, 2019
Egyptian Streets is an independent, young, and grass roots news media organization aimed at providing readers with an alternate depiction of events that occur on Egyptian and Middle Eastern streets, and to establish an engaging social platform for readers to discover and discuss the various issues that impact the region.

© 2017 Egyptian Streets. All Rights Reserved.