Source: Agenzia Fides – MIL OSI
Headline: AFRICA/EGYPT – Reaffirmation of the equidistance of the Coptic Orthodox Church from the candidates and lists running in the political elections
Cairo – The Coptic Orthodox Church expresses its esteem and encouragement to all those who present themselves as candidates in the next parliamentary elections but, at the same time, maintains its equidistance and avoids supporting lists or candidates to the detriment of others, or participate in demonstrations and propaganda campaigns. This was reaffirmed by Anba Makarios, Coptic Orthodox Metropolitan Bishop of Minya and Abu Qurqas, in a statement published on the official website of the Diocese. Anba Makarios, a prominent figure of the Coptic Orthodox Episcopate, at the same time underlined that the Church invites all citizens to participate in the ballot, considering the exercise of the right to vote as a civic duty and a manifestation of concern for the fate of the national community.