CAIRO — 3 May The matter of divorces amongst the Coptic community in Egypt has been one of the most troubling issues in the church since ; the year in which Pope Shenouda lll of Alexandria proclaimed that divorce must be on the grounds of adultery. Eight important questions to understand the issue of divorce in the Coptic Church: Does Christianity allow for divorce? The matter of divorce is according to the faith and doctrine of each church. In the Catholic Church there is no divorce, but it is possible to annul a marriage. However, in the Orthodox and Evangelical Churches, divorce is possible but under certain terms and conditions. Why has the personal status issue of the Copts worsened in the recent years?
Marriage is one of the seven sacraments performed in the Coptic Orthodox Church. It is not only a legal agreement but a spiritual one as well. When a man and wife marry, they begin their own "church" within their home to teach the ideology and theology of Christianity to their children. Coptic marriage ceremonies and rituals have changed little over the centuries. The primary purpose of marriage is to procreate and to attain an advanced level of spiritual understanding within the family.
British Broadcasting Corporation Home. The structure, history and practices of the Coptic Orthodox Church, the main Christian Church in Egypt and one of the oldest churches outside the Holy Land. Mark is regarded as the first Pope of Alexandria. This makes it one of the earliest Christian groups outside the Holy Land. The early Church suffered persecution under the Roman Empire, and there were intermittent persecutions after Egypt became a Muslim country.
The Coptic Orthodox Church, the primary Christian church in Egypt, is one of the oldest branches of Christianity, claiming to be founded by one of the 72 apostles sent forth by Jesus Christ. The word "Coptic" is derived from a Greek term meaning "Egyptian. Copts trace their roots to John Mark , who they say was among the 72 disciples sent forth by Jesus, as recorded in Luke He was also the author of the Gospel of Mark.