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Egypt's Damietta bishop bans women from wearing trousers, make-up in church

Coptic Orthodox bishop bans his female congregants from wearing trousers, blouses and make-up to receive communion

Sherry El-Gergawi, Thursday 31 Jul 2014
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Bishop Bishoy of Damietta and Kafr El Sheikh (Photo: Ahram)
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Coptic Orthodox Bishop Bishoy of Damietta and Kafr El-Sheikh has banned Christian women in his diocese from wearing trousers, blouses and make-up in church to receive communion.

Signs have been put up at churches in the diocese stating: "In response to the decision of Bishop Bishoy of Damietta and Kafr El-Sheikh, all ladies and girls above the age of eleven should refrain from wearing trousers, blouses or make-up during the sacrament of holy communion in the divine liturgy, and they should wear modest dress."

Father Boulos Halim, spokesman for the Coptic Orthodox Church, told Al-Ahram Arabic news website that "each bishop has the right to take the decisions he see as suitable for the people in his diocese, as long as it is not against the Orthodox faith."

"Ladies should follow this decision inside the church only and not in their everyday life," added Halim.

This is not the first time that the bishop has triggered the anger of some Christian women.

In May 2012, he said: “I call on Christian girls to learn from veiled Muslim women with their modesty. Some Christian women might be displeased with me, but the Virgin Mary, Saint Demiana and the nuns wore modest clothes.”

A group of Christians protested at St Mark's Cathedral in central Cairo in response to the bishop's statements at the time, asking him to apologise.

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stelios fafalios
10-08-2014 08:49am
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Archibishop of Damietta and comments about wearing trousers
We live in a period of persecutions of Christians in many parts of our civilized world like in Irak,Somalia,Indonesia etc...Instead of asking women to refrain from wearing trousers etc he should better deploy his influence and stop these massacres of innocent people.Our Master J.C asked a whore to repent and be among people He loved. He paid attention to her heart and not to her appearance. Our late ArChibishop Greece Christodoulos used to say Church needs everbody and he meant everybody even young men wearing earings and having their body covered with tatooes. Church has to modernize Itself and live in the present century and not imitate those wearing veils and deprive our Church of being a part of it . We are going towards obscurantism by applying such foolish methods of the stone age.
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Tammy
02-08-2014 06:58pm
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totally asinine & stone age
This bishop needs to get a grip. The church is GODS HOUSE NOT THE BISHOPS & as far as I know God does not care what you wear or how you look as long as you are coming to church to worship Him which is all that matters..all this bishop is doing is creating a hostile environment for female worshippers & driving away the women in his congregation..If he wants to act like an Islamist then let him go preach in a mosque!!
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Salama
02-08-2014 01:10pm
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The Strange Man
Virgin Mary was jew and like all jewish women, at that time, was vieled all the time in the temple and outside the temple. The strange bishop, the ex secretary of the holly senode wants all women to be veiled like his sister. On the other hand Egyptian women was never veiled for al least 5300 years, Egyptian woman was judge, philosof and queen but it seems that bishop is not Of Egyptian origin.
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Allen
31-07-2014 09:10pm
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What an idiotic rule... Picking on women must must be a disease, these bearded mental midgets suffer from.
It's a sad day when a bishop is imitating Islamist militants to control women. Someone should remind the bishop the Church is Gods house. Not his domain to order women for his Stone Age whims.
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