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« on: November 04, 2005, 04:49:07 AM »

Egypt’s Coptic Christians get own satellite TV

Some Copts fear church's patronage of Aghapy TV due to be aired on November 14 will fan sectarian strife.
 
By Jean-Marc Mojon - CAIRO

Egypt's beleaguered Christian Coptic minority is to launch its own satellite television this month, but even some Copts fear the church's patronage of the channel will fan sectarian strife.


In the aftermath of deadly riots in Alexandria on October 21 - the most serious intercommunal violence in years - religious Copts see the creation of the channel as an essential tool to assert their repressed identity.


A Biblical quotation and a glowing Jesus next to a Coptic cross top the channel's promotional poster, which promises viewers a bonanza of hymns, holy liturgies and documentaries on ancient monasteries.


Aghapy TV - which means "love" in the Coptic language - is due to start broadcasting on November 14 on Telestar 12, a US-operated satellite network which spans Egypt and several African countries.


"The channel is under the guidance of Pope Shenuda III himself, who appointed a general committee of 13 bishops," Aghapy executive director Father Bishoy al-Antony said.


He said the channel would be run out of a convent northeast of Cairo.


The launch will come less than a month after the CD release of a play produced by a church in Alexandria which was deemed by Muslims in the Mediterranean city as offensive to their faith.


Father Bishoy said the controversial film will not be shown on Aghapy TV. "But it's a completely Coptic outlook, we are not going to discuss anything except issues that are related to the Copts," he said.


"We first proposed to have our own radio in 1951. It was rejected and since then it has been our dream to have this TV... It is not easy to build churches in Egypt, so this is like home delivery, church on air," Father Bishoy added.


Copts are the largest Christian community in the Middle East and the church says they account for close to 10 percent of Egypt's 74 million inhabitants.


It says the television channel does not herald a more aggressive attempt to promote a religious identity against Islam and proselytise, but some secular Copts fear it will only fuel religious tensions.

See http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=14922 for the rest of the article.

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« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2006, 08:05:51 AM »

As many of you know, the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate started its own Coptic Orthodox Christian satellite television station a few months ago. The idea was to provide Copts and Arabic-speaking Christians all over the world beneficial programming to counter the evils of society.

There is now a petition to bring Aghapy TV to DishNetwork in the United States and Canada. Here is the e-mail I received:

Dear Daughters and Sons in Christ Name,

As many of you already know, the Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt has started a new channel, AghapyTV. The channel has been already broadcasting in Egypt and Europe for about 2 months. The channel could be also broadcasted in the U.S.; however, the dish network requires a petition of at least 45,000 people requesting the channel.  Among the various negative influences of the media, having a Coptic channel will have a positive impact and is a tremendous blessing for all the family members.

Please help the channel reach out to everyone sending this Email to everyone on your list and by simply clicking on the following link and signing your name. Each member of the family should sign separately.

Please make sure you answer yes/no if you are a subscriber to the dish network.

http://www.aghapy.tv/aghapy/modules.php?name=usa_canada

Thank you and God Bless

Fr. Bishoy El Antony
Aghapy TV
Executive Director
fr_bishoy@aghapy.tv
(201)224-44149 Egypt
(201)456-9439 USA


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