‘Intransigence’ of public officials in building churches to be deterred by jail
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CAIRO: Public officials will be jailed or fined for disruption or intransigence in building legally approved churches per amendments to the places of worship law, sources at Egypt’s Church told Youm7 Thursday.

Christians in Egypt have long complained about “intransigence” in acquiring licenses to build new churches. To build a new place of worship, the head of the designated religious sect must approve, as well as the head of the district and the top engineer of the town council.

The source, who refused to publish his name, said that a meeting was held last week between the legal affairs department of the Anglican Church and officials from the Transitional Justice Ministry to discuss the draft law.

Transitional Justice Minister Magdy al-Agaty previously visited Pope Tawadros of the Orthodox Church to tackle the amendments, the source said.

There amendments include articles to build new floors and renovate existing churches, as well as to build attached facilities such as schools and hospitals, the source added.

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