Egypt's Pope hopes for 'new life' in Coptic new year

Luxor has both Christian and Moslem communities and the politics of the Middle East are equally diverse. Air your views on the situation.

Moderators: DJKeefy, 4u Network

User avatar
DJKeefy
Site Administrator
Site Administrator
Posts: 10883
Joined: Thu Jan 13, 2005 4:08 pm
Location: UK
Has thanked: 900 times
Been thanked: 1846 times
Gender:
Egypt

Egypt's Pope hopes for 'new life' in Coptic new year

Post by DJKeefy »

As Egypt marks a new Coptic year, Pope Tawadros II says he believes the country will quickly recover from strife.

"We believe that [Egypt] is like a woman in labour, who is in pain. After a few hours, all of this will turn into happiness when a child is born and a new life begins," he said during celebrations of the Nayrouz, the Coptic new year, at St Mark's Coptic Cathedral in Abbasiya, Cairo.

The Pope's statements came in the first sermon he gave at the Cathedral in ten weeks, as the weekly tradition was repeatedly canceled due to ongoing strife in Egypt since president Mohamed Morsi's ouster on 3 July.

Wednesday marks the first day of the year 1730 in the Coptic calendar, starting with the month Tout.

The calendar first came into place in 284 AD, marking the beginning of Roman Emperor Diocletian's rule in Egypt, an era marred by deadly persecution of the Coptic population.

The Coptic calendar system is still used by Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church. It includes 12 months that have kept their original names from Pharoanic times. It is also part of Egyptian agricultural life, as farmers depend on it for regulating their seasonal work.

Source: http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/81404.aspx


Image

User avatar
Brian Yare
Royal V.I.P
Royal V.I.P
Posts: 2549
Joined: Mon Dec 01, 2008 4:11 pm
Location: Worcester, UK
Has thanked: 1185 times
Been thanked: 1265 times
Gender:
United Kingdom

Re: Egypt's Pope hopes for 'new life' in Coptic new year

Post by Brian Yare »

One learns something new every day. I didn't realise that the Alexandrian calendar was still in use, or when New Year was. Do they still recognise the Gregorian New Year on or about 14th January?

  • Similar Topics
    Replies
    Views
    Last post
  • New Coptic Pope
    by Janen » Sun Nov 04, 2012 9:56 am » in Politics and Religion
    0 Replies
    240 Views
    Last post by Janen
    Sun Nov 04, 2012 9:56 am
  • Egypt's Sisi visits Pope on first Europe trip
    by DJKeefy » Tue Nov 25, 2014 10:13 pm » in Politics and Religion
    0 Replies
    646 Views
    Last post by DJKeefy
    Tue Nov 25, 2014 10:13 pm
  • 4-year-old sentenced to life in prison for murder in Egypt
    by DJKeefy » Sat Feb 20, 2016 12:51 am » in News and Sport
    15 Replies
    971 Views
    Last post by Who2
    Mon Feb 22, 2016 3:33 pm
  • Timeline: The one-year rule of Egypt's Morsy
    by DJKeefy » Thu Jul 04, 2013 3:49 pm » in Know Egypt
    0 Replies
    688 Views
    Last post by DJKeefy
    Thu Jul 04, 2013 3:49 pm
  • 2,000-Year-Old Winery Discovered in Egypt's Nile Delta
    by DJKeefy » Wed Jan 30, 2019 2:05 pm » in History and Archaeology
    1 Replies
    338 Views
    Last post by Who2
    Wed Jan 30, 2019 4:22 pm