Egypt Religious Leader Fights Gay ‘Plague’
U.K., September 9, 2003
SUMMARY: Egypt’s religious leader has committed himself
to fighting the “plague” of gay visibility.
Egypt’s religious leader has committed himself to
fighting the “plague” of gay visibility.
Additionally, Pope Shenouda III, of the Coptic Orthodox
Church, has called for other leaders of different religions to help in his
The church has over 10 million members worldwide,
although the majority are in Egypt. The pope is viewed as a successor of St.
Mark, the evangelist who brought Christianity to Egypt during the first
century, according to the religion’s official encyclopedia.
In an interview with the Middle East News Agency,
Shenouda said he will be hosting a summit to discuss ways on how to fight the
growing visibility of gay men and women across the world.
He added that he supports all those who are against gay
marriage and the appointment of gay clergy, which defies “the teachings of
the holy book and threaten(s) the stability of marriage, the family and social
The pope said he is currently looking to contact the
World Council of Churches, the Middle East Council of Churches and councils in
the United States, Europe, Asia and Africa.
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