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Egypt legalises 62 unlicensed churches; total reaches 1,800 churches since 2017

In 2017, Egypt formed a committee to legalise the status of unlicensed churches after the long-awaited law regulating the building and renovation of churches was enacted a year earlier

Ahram Online , Tuesday 29 Dec 2020
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Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church (Photo: Al-Ahram)
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A cabinet committee tasked with legalising the status of unlicensed Christian places of worship approved on Tuesday the legalisation of 62 churches and service buildings that had been operating without a permit, the cabinet said in a statement.

This brings the total number of Christian places of worship and service buildings that have been granted legal status so far to 1,800, cabinet spokesman Nader Saad said.

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 the prime minister.

The 10-member committee comprises one Christian representative, six government officials from several ministries, representatives from the national security apparatus, the intelligence apparatus, and the administrative control body.

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