Cabinet commitee legalises 63 unlicensed churches

Ahram Online , Sunday 7 Nov 2021

A cabinet committee tasked with legalising the status of unlicensed churches in Egypt approved on Sunday the legalisation of 63 churches and Christian service buildings that had been operating without a permit, the cabinet announced in a statement.

Egypt s Coptic Orthodox Church (Photo: Al-Ahram)

According to the Egyptian cabinet’s statement on the decision, this brings the total number of churches and service buildings that have been granted legal status so far to 2,021 since 2017.

In 2016, Egypt’s parliament approved a long-awaited law regulating the building and renovation of churches.

The committee to legalise the status of unlicensed churches was established in 2017 by Sherif Ismail, the prime minister at the time.

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