Coptic and Anglican churches reach settlement with government on church construction act
The Coptic Orthodox Church and the Anglican Church have reached an agreement with the government on the draft law on church construction. According to a statement by the Holy Synod of the Coptic Orthodox Church which ran in AMAY, the Church has approved the final draft of the law and its most recent amendments. The law is expected to go before the House of Representatives within the week. The government had approved proposed changes to the law introduced by the Anglican Church which would legitimize existing churches, retain the status of a church as a religious building if a Governor chooses to shut down the church, said Father Andre Zaki head if the Anglican Church in Egypt in a separate statement. He added that the cabinet is expected to approve the law today. As we noted on Sunday, both churches had criticizing the draft law on Thursday, following their meeting on Wednesday with state representatives.