Cab­i­net ap­proves le­gal­i­sa­tion of 168 churches

Law solved all ob­sta­cles, at­tempts to li­cense Churches built years ago, in co­or­di­na­tion be­tween two sides

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Egypt’s is­sued on Thurs­day a de­cree to le­galise the con­di­tions of 18 Churches and build­ings on the con­di­tion that they meet the le­gal and civil pro­tec­tion re­quire­ments.

The con­di­tions also re­quire that Churches set­tle with the state in case there was an il­le­gal build­ing on state land.

This comes af­ter the cab­i­net ap­proved in Oc­to­ber the le­gal­i­sa­tion of 120 Churches and 44 build­ings, in re­sponse to re­quests for le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tives of dif­fer­ent ac­cred­ited Churches.

The num­ber of un­li­censed Churches in Egypt is es­ti­mated at about 5,000 Churches and ser­vice build­ings, of which 3,000 be­long to the largest Or­tho­dox com­mu­nity, with thou­sands of Churches spread over other com­mu­ni­ties.

Be­fore the ap­proval of Church con­struc­tion in 2016, the law of the Ot­toman Em­pire gov­erned the process of Church build­ing in Egypt, which re­quired com­plex ap­provals to build a new Church. How­ever, the re­cent law solved all these ob­sta­cles, and at­tempts to li­cense Churches built years ago, in co­or­di­na­tion be­tween the two sides, se­cu­rity and Churches. How­ever, no li­censes have been granted so far.

In Jan­uary 2017, the cab­i­net de­cided to form a com­mit­tee for Church con­cil­i­a­tion to work ac­cord­ing to the new law.

The con­di­tions also re­quire that Churches set­tle with the state in case there was an il­le­gal build­ing on state land

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