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Egypt legalizes 1412 churches and affiliated buildings: Cabinet



Coinciding with the nearing of Eastern Christmas celebrations, the Egyptian Cabinet has thus far legalized 851 churches and 561 affiliated buildings across Egypt, for a total of 1412 buildings, from May 2018 to January 2020.

The Cabinet’s media center on Saturday published an infograph highlighting the accomplishments by the state committee for the legalization of unlicensed churches, which was formed in January 2017, and the latest number of legalized churches and buildings.

The infograph also showed the churches and buildings whose conditions were approved by the committee up until January 2020, which are:

Minya: 236 churches and buildings

Giza: 140 churches and buildings

Qalyubiya: 124 churches and buildings

Sohag: 120 churches and buildings

Alexandria: 113 churches and buildings

Assiut: 91 churches and buildings

Beheira: 83 churches and buildings

Sharqiya: 83 churches and buildings

Beni Suef: 82 churches and buildings

Cairo: 61 churches and buildings

Aswan: 47 churches and buildings

Gharbiya: 35 churches and buildings

Monufiya: 33 churches and buildings

Daqahlia: 31 churches and buildings

Luxor: 25 churches and buildings

Red Sea: 19 churches and buildings

Qena: 17 churches and buildings

Suez: 17 churches and buildings

Ismailia: 16 churches and buildings

Matrouh: 13 churches and buildings

Port Said: 10 churches and buildings

Kafr al-Sheikh: Eight churches and buildings

Fayoum: Six churches and buildings

New Valley: Two churches and buildings

The committee was set up by Law No. 80 of 2016 to organize the construction and restoration of churches in accordance to certain conditions.

The committee is chaired by the Prime Minister, and includes in its membership six ministers: Defense and Military Production, Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities, Local Development, Legal Affairs and the House of Representatives, Justice, Antiquities, representatives from concerned communities, as well as representatives of sovereign entities.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm