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Childhood Council to reconcile ‘missing’ Minya girls with families

By Essam Fadl CAIRO: Two girls who had left their Upper Egypt homes and said they converted to Islam are to take part in “reconciliation sessions” with their families, a lawyer said. The two Christian girls from the southern governorate of Minya went willingly to the Qasr El-Nil Prosecution office in Cairo last Friday after their …


Converts demand religion on ID cards be corrected as per court order

By Essam Fadl CAIRO: Six Christians who converted to Islam and then back to Christianity filed a complaint to the Prosecutor General against the interior minister and his assistant, the head of the Civil Status Organization, for not implementing a court order that allows them to be identified as Christians on their ID cards. The complaint …


Azhar-Church initiative holds guidance sessions for Copts wishing to convert

By Essam Fadl CAIRO: An Azhar-led initiative to combat sectarian strife decided on Sunday to reinitiate the guidance sessions held for Copts wishing to convert to Islam which are to be held at Al-Azhar and attended by a Coptic clergyman and a family member of the person wishing to convert. These sessions were prohibited by the …


Abeer Fakhry arrested over deadly sectarian violence

By AFP CAIRO: A young woman whose complicated love life led to Muslim-Christian clashes that killed 15 people in Cairo was arrested on Thursday and charged with polyandry, a judicial source told AFP. Abeer Talaat Fakhry, 26, was living with her Christian husband in the southern city of Assiut when she ran away from home, …


Court allows converts to Christianity ID change

By Essam Fadl CAIRO: The Supreme Administrative Court issued a ruling on Saturday to allow Copts reverting back to Christianity after having converted to Islam, to change their religious affiliation in their national ID cards, revoking a previous decision by the Ministry of Interior. The ruling obliged the Civil Status Authority to amend any changes …


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