Cairo (Agenzia Fides) – The Council of Coptic Orthodox lay congregations–influential body in the Coptic Orthodox Church, presided by the Patriarch himself – has cautioned producers of television series, films, and documentaries, from attempting without the approval of the Church any initiative to make a film on the life of pope Shenuda III, the Coptic Orthodox Primate who died in March 2012. The historic vicissitudes of pope Shenuda – says a statement, re-launched by Egyptian sources consulted by Fides – “belong to the Church”, and no film or other about the life of the Patriarch may be produced without the necessary permission of the competent Church authority, which will not hesitate to take legal action to safeguard its prerogative.
The initiative of the Lay organisation intends to confirm church control regarding films or television series featuring the figure of Pope Shenuda , periodically mentioned by journalistic rumours. Only hours ago the famous Egyptian actor Hassan Youssef hastened to clarify that his desire to interpret the figure of the Patriarch will not fail to be in keeping with the authorisation rights claimed by the Copt Orthodox Church.
Pope Shenuda III, elected Patriarch in 1971, with his 41 years of ministry as a patriarch greatly influenced the present day profile of the Copt Orthodox Church, led today by Pope Tawadros II. (GV) (Agenzia Fides 2/3/2016).