Egypt legalizes status of 127 unlicensed churches, service buildings

MENA , Monday 1 Jul 2019

A file photo of Egypt's ancient Hanging Church in Old Cairo (Photo: Mai Shaheen)

A presidential committee tasked with rectifying the status of unlicensed Christian places of worship, chaired by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, approved on Monday legalizing 127 churches and service buildings that used to be operating without permit.

This brings to 1,021 the total number of unlicensed Christian places of worship and service buildings that have been granted legal status so far.

In statements on Monday, Cabinet Spokesman Nader Saad said the committee was convened in the presence of the ministers of justice, antiquities and parliamentary affairs along with representatives of the bodies concerned.

The meeting also reviewed the outcome of studies conducted over the past four months to consider applications submitted by unlicensed churches aiming to legalize their status.

Meanwhile, the premier issued strict instructions to all governors to take all measures necessary to ensure that the newly legalized churches and service buildings are only used for performing religious rituals

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