AFRICA/EGYPT - Al Azhar scholars and exponents of the Churches united to face the new fragility of the family

Thursday, 27 June 2019 middle east   oriental churches   family   divorce   social network  

Cairo (Agenzia Fides) - The Egyptian House of the Family (an interreligious liaison body established for several years to prevent and mitigate sectarian conflicts) promoted a training course on the urgent needs of Christian families in Cairo from 24 to 26 June, who among the speakers and among the auditors recorded the qualified participation of scholars of the Sunni University of Al-Azhar and members of the clergy of different Christian denominations present in Egypt. In the working groups the different causes of the weakening of family ties were taken into consideration, including the inaction of the father figure and the growing dependence on digital media that affects not only children and adolescents, but also adults.
During the works - reports the Egyptian website Copts Today - the speakers also outlined the most useful practices and methods for safeguarding the solidity of family relationships, so that the family is recognized by everyone and perceived as an indispensable reality in order to allow free and responsible personalities to mature, able to offer positive contributions also to social coexistence and the civil life of the nation.
In January 2017 (see Fides, 27/1/2017), the same Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al Sisi had underlined the urgency of countering the rampant practice of "verbal divorce", with which Muslim men can break the conjugal bond with their own spouses with a simple verbal declaration. At the time Al Sisi referred to data from the National Statistical Office, according to which about 40% of the 900,000 marriages registered each year in Egypt end in divorce within five years. In his speech, al Sisi had foreshadowed the proposal to consider a divorce legal only if it occurs in the presence of a "maazun", a religious representative authorized by the government to sanction both marriages and divorces. In this way - the Egyptian President hoped to avoid the widespread phenomenon of marital ties interrupted also for simple discussions and trivial reasons. (GV) (Agenzia Fides, 27/6/2019)