Edmond Atalla becomes Australia’s first MP of Egyptian ancestry

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The Australian Coptic Movement Association congratulates Mr Edmond Atalla MP on his election to the New South Wales parliament as the Lower House member for Mt Druitt. Mr Atalla is the first member of parliament of Coptic-Egyptian background. We wish Mr Atalla all the best and look forward to working with him. Mr Atalla delivered the Inaugural Speech below on Thursday 14th May 2015. His Excellency Youssef Hassan Shawki, Consul-General of the Arab Republic of Egypt and Fr Gabriel Yassa attended the historic occasion.

President Sisi receives freed Ethiopians from Libya

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President Sisi greets freed Ethiopians from Libya

Australian Government returns antiquities to Egypt

Egypt antiquities returned

Arts Minister Senator George Brandis handed over a number of culturally significant antiquities to His Excellency Ambassador Dr Hassan El-Laithy of the Egyptian Embassy at an official ceremony on 8 April 2015.

Breaking: HH Pope Tawadros II calls on International community to address terror threat in Libya

Pope Tawadros with Ethiopian pope

The Coptic Orthodox Church headquarters in Cairo has issued a statement condemning the Islamic State massacre of Ethiopian Christians in Libya and calls for the International community and all institutions to combat the terror threat.

National Library of Australia selects ACM’s website for preservation

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The Digital Library Infrastructure Replacement (DLIR) project’s goal is to ensure that material of national significance relating to Australia and the Australian people is collected, preserved and accessible in digital form.

Australian Coptic Movement statement on Ethiopian Christians in Libya

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The Australian Coptic Movement Association (ACM) condemns the barbaric slaughter of dozens of Ethiopian Christians by ISIS in Libya.

Early Libyan Martyrs

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In light of recent events in Libya, The Sydney based St Shenouda Monastery thought it would be appropriate to dedicate their March newsletter to the history of Christianity in Libya. Historically Libya has contributed to the world a great deal of saints, monks and Martyrs most of which are very unknown. The church of Egypt in particular has a close relation to the Libyan Christianity as St Mark, the founder of the Coptic Church, himself was born in Libya. We have republished an article from the Monastery’s special March edition here.

Cultural conflicts in courting: Egyptian-Coptic relationships in the West


Andrew George explores the potential conflict that an Australian of Egyptian-Coptic descent is exposed to when courting.

ACM responds to enquiries regarding Martin Place event held on 22 Feb 2015


During and following this event, the ACM received numerous enquiries from Members of Parliament, other denominations and event attendees regarding the notable absence of any representatives from the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Sydney.

Assyrian community stands with Egypt’s Copts


The Assyrian Universal Alliance issued this media release following our Martin Place rally.

Assyrians in Australia standing With Copts of Egypt Media

Sydney – 24 February 2015

Hundreds of protestors gathered at Martin Place in Sydney on Sunday 22 February 2015, In light of ISIS’ brutal murder of 21 innocent Coptic Christians, organized by the Australian Coptic Movement Association (ACM).

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