Copts protest in Abbasiyya Cathedral, demanding the removal of official

Monday 18 Jul 2011

Bishop's 'arrogant' handling of issues such as marriage and divorce at the heart of protest calling for his removal

More than a hundred Copts protested today in front of the Clerical Council at Saint Mark's Cathedral in Abbasiyya, demanding the removal of Bishop Paul, chief of the Council

The protesters encircled the Council, preventing the bishop and the rest of the Council’s priests from exiting the Cathedral.

Bishop Paul is accused by the protesters of handling their problems with “intransigence and arrogance,” especially problems regarding marriage and divorce. Consequently, they are demanding that the Church's Patriarch, Pope Shenouda III, removes the bishop from his position.

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