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Egypt’s parliament endorses Sharia law: Anglican Ink, November 29, 2012 November 29, 2012

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President Mohammad Mursi of Egypt

Egypt’s Constituent Assembly has endorsed Article 2 of the country’s proposed constitution making Sharia law the basis for the country’s civil legal code.

On 29 Nov 2012 members of the Egyptian parliament began voting on each of the 234 article proposed by a constitutional committee chartered by President Mohammad Mursi. However, representatives of Egypt’s Christian communities and the opposition walked out of the talks last week after the Muslim Brotherhood-dominated drafting committee refused to compromise over Sharia law.

The Egyptian Independent reported there was uncertainty until the start of voting as to whether a quorum would be reached.  The 100-member chamber requires 67 members to be present to vote on the constitution and 22-members had announced they would boycott the proceedings.  However, the ruling party was able to call upon reserve members of Parliament, elected as alternates at the last election, to fill seats deemed to have been vacated.  At the start of the vote on Thursday afternoon 85 members answered the roll call.

Article 2, Sharia Law, which states that “the principles of the Islamic Sharia are the main source of legislation,” remains unchanged from the 1971 constitution. However a new clause, Article 221 states that these principles are to be deduced from its fundamental rules and its Sunni sources.  The constitution also gives religious scholars at the Al-Azhar University the right to consult on the interpretation of Sharia law and its relation to the civil code.

Read it all in Anglican Ink.

Coptic pope selected: The Church of England Newspaper, November 11, 2012 p 7. November 13, 2012

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A blind folded altar boy choosing by lot has selected Bishop Theodore (Tawadros) of Beheira to be the 118th Pope of Alexandria.

On 4 November 2012 the names of three finalists selected by the synod of bishops and lay council of the Coptic Orthodox Church were presented to the congregation of St Marks’ Cathedral in Cairo by the acting leader of the church, Archbishop Pachomios.  The names were then inscribed on pieces of paper — one slip with the name of Bishop Raphael of Heliopolis, the second with Fr. Raphael Ava Mina of St Mina Monastery near Alexandria, and the third with the name of Bishop Tawadros – and placed in a black box that was sealed with red wax.

At the close of the Sunday morning service of Holy Communion the sealed box was placed on the altar and opened by the archbishop. An altar boy, Bishoy Gerges Mossad, was blindfolded and his hand guided to a box.  In a tradition dating that according to church lore dates to the time of the Book of Acts, the choice of a pope for the Egyptian church was given to the Holy Spirit acting through selection by lot — and the name revealed was that of Bishop Tawadros.

The new pope succeeds Pope Shenouda III who died in March after 40 years on the throne of St Mark.  Bishop Tawadros (59) serves as an auxiliary bishop of Beheira in the Nile Delta and is a suffrgan bishop to Archbishop Pachomios. Born in 1952, Bishop Tawadros was educated in Britain, and has a degree in pharmacy from Alexandria University before he entered the church.

Bishop Tawadros will be installed as Pope and Lord Archbishop of the Great City of Alexandria and Patriarch of all Africa on the Holy Apostolic Holy See of St Mark the Evangelist and Holy Apostle on 18 November 2012 at St Mark’s Cathedral.