Egypt legalizes 62 churches and affiliated buildings, total now 1,800

Egypt’s Committee for the Legalization of Unlicensed Churches on Tuesday legalized the status of 62 churches and affiliated buildings, bringing the number of churches and buildings legalized since the committee began its work to 1,800.

Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly chaired the committee’s virtual meeting in the presence of the ministers of justice, parliamentary affairs, local development and housing, as well as representatives from local authorities and Christian communities.

Madbouly also wished all Christians a happy Christmas holiday.

The committee reviewed all developments that have taken place since its last meeting with regard to the situation of churches and affiliated service buildings, according to Spokesperson for the Prime Minister, Nader Saad.

The Committee for the Legalization of Unlicensed Churches  — which was formed in January 2017 — is chaired by the Prime Minister, and includes in its membership six ministers from Defense and Military Production, Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities, Local Development, Legal Affairs and the House of Representatives, Justice, Antiquities.

It also includes representatives from concerned communities and sovereign entities.

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