The pope also decided to specify his European deputy’s duties, as well as giving him the right to assign, transfer, and nominate priests to parishes or churches with no bishops, in addition to the right to establish new churches and investigate problems with churches that do not have bishops present.
His Holiness also decided to establish a Coptic channel for children, run by Bishop Marcos, and unifying the deacons’ apparel.
The Pope received proposals from the Synod regarding bishops’ work in the newly established parishes, as well as the new regulations suggested in the Synod, such as the new criteria set for selecting priests and monks.
For his part, Kamel Saleh, member of the committee in charge of amending the 57th list for the election of a new patriarch, said that work on amendments to the list is in progress, so as to present it to the patriarch at the next meeting for the Holy Synod.
The amendments include increasing the number of voters and how to activate non-Egyptian Christians’ votes, as well as the position of parishes’ bishops on being nominated for Patriarchate.
It is worth mentioning that the Holy Synod of the Coptic Orthodox Church is held twice a year, the first of which is a week prior to Christmas, while the other is usually between Ascension and Holy Spirit feasts. At its previous meeting, the Synod issued a number of decisions, including the issuance of three lists to regulate monasticism, and it was announced that these lists will be drafted and prepared for formal issuance.