December

Exterior view of the Jesuits'Holy Family Church, Matariya.

The Jesuits’ Holy Family Church (MATARIYA)

The Jesuits’ Holy Family Church (MATARIYA) THE FRENCH JESUIT MISSIONARY MICHEL MARIE JULLIEN (1827-1911) is the initiator of the modem pilgrimage to the “Virgin of al-Matariya” in Cairo. The archives of the “College de la Sainte Famille” at Faggala, Cairo for the years 1883,1885,1890,1910, and 1911 show that Father Jullien attempted, unsuccessfully, to purchase the …

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Coptic Calendar

COPTIC CALENDAR The Coptic calendar, sometimes referred to as the Alexandrian Calendar, is based on the ancient Egyptian calendar of the solar year. This calendar system continued to be used by the Coptic Church. The Coptic year is divided into 12 months of 30 days each, followed by five more days, called epagomenai, as well …

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Coptic Musicologists

Coptic Musicologists Borsai, Ilona (1925-1982) After graduating from the University of Kolozsvar, in her native city of Cluj, Rumania, qualified to teach Greek and French languages, Ilona Borsai attended the Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary, where she received the Diploma of Music Education. Completing further studies in the field of musicology under Bence Szalolcsi, …

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Ragheb Moftah (1898-2001)

RAGHEB MOFTAH (1898-2001) A Musicologist, educator. He was born to a wealthy Coptic family on 21 December 1898 at Al-Faggala in Cairo. In 1991, he was sent to Germany to study agriculture at the University of Bonn, but his great passion was music. After his earning a bachelor’s degree in agronomics, he obtained degrees in …

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International Association For Coptic Studies (Iacs)

INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR COPTIC STUDIES (IACS) IACS was founded in Cairo during the First International Congress of Coptology (11-17 December 1976) under the auspices of the Egyptian Antiquities Organization. It is a nonprofit organization designed to promote Coptic studies. The IACS publishes a newsletter that provides information about Coptologists and their work. It sponsors congresses …

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