AFRICA/EGYPT - Coptic Bishop offers a donation for the restoration of the mosque

Qena - Coptic Orthodox Bishop Takla, at the head of the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Dishna, in the governorate of Qena, has offered a donation to finance the restoration of the historic mosque dedicated to Abd al-Rahīm al-Qenāwī. The symbolic gesture of the donation took place recently during a public meeting in the presence of some local sheikhs, some Coptic priests and many residents of the area surrounding the mosque, in a festive atmosphere and marked by the desire to show the harmony between the Muslim and the Christian component of the Egyptian people.
In his speech, the Bishop presented the donation as an expression of the feelings that move the most attentive Egyptians to foster unity and to banish all forms of discrimination and to nurture a society "where children can grow together, without being separated on the basis of ethnic or religious issues, and people can enter the homes of neighbors and exchange greetings, remaining faithful to the spirit handed down from generation to generation, one that recognizes that religion is for God and Homeland is for everyone". In the past, even the governorate of Qena was affected by sectarian strife, with attacks against Christian homes which occurred in the village of al Faw.