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Coptic leader unmoved by court ruling on divorce

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.cwnews.com/news/viewstory.cfm?recnum=57007 Coptic leader unmoved by court ruling on divorce Cairo, Mar. 4, 2008 (CWNews.com) - The head of Egypt s
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      Coptic leader unmoved by court ruling on divorce

      Cairo, Mar. 4, 2008 (CWNews.com) - The head of Egypt's Coptic
      Orthodox Church has announced that his Church will not recognize the
      authority of an Egyptian court ruling that Copts can convert to
      Islam, obtain a divorce, and then return to the Coptic faith. "We
      only abide by the Bible," Pope Shenouda III told the Egyptian daily
      Al Ahram. He added that the court ruling had only "civil, not
      religious" authority.

      The Coptic Orthodox Church does not recognize divorce, although it
      does provide for the annulment of marriages in case of adultery.
      Copts who obtain a civil divorce are not allowed to remarry in the church.

      Ordinarily Egyptian law does not allow recognition to Muslims who
      convert to the Christian faith. But the country's top court ruled
      that Christians who become Muslims in order to exploit Islamic laws
      allowing easy divorce may then return to their original faith. Pope
      Shenouda made it clear that Coptic leaders would not look with favor
      on those who used the legal loophole.

      Copts constitute about 10% of Egypt's population.
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