Egyptian parliament approves long-awaited church building law

A statue stands outside the Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church in CairoBy Ahmed Aboulenein and Mohamed Abdellah CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt's parliament approved on Tuesday a long-awaited law that governs building and renovating churches, an issue that has led in the past to attacks on members the country's Christian minority by Muslim militants. Egyptian Christians make up about a tenth of the country's 90 million population and are the Middle East's largest Christian community. The new law empowers provincial governors to approve church building and renovation permits, previously the domain of security services.


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