Pope Tawadros II says Egypt is 'in labour' but will receive 'happiness' soon as Coptic year 1730 begins.
One of Al-Azhar representatives on the 50-member constitutional amendment committee, said Egypt's Islamic identity will not suffer during the rewriting process.
Egyptian authorities will bar 55,000 unlicensed clerics from preaching in mosques in the latest move against sympathizers of deposed Islamist President Morsy.
The Muslim Brotherhood strongly rejected the initiative proposed by the group’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP).
The controversial articles of the constitution to be amended by the 50-member committee will be passed by a 75% vote if they fail to garner consensus.
Fifty-member constitution-drafting committee elects heads of five boards.
UK-based rights group says July overthrow of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi gave rise to extreme political violence and human rights violations.
Committee of 50 refuses to recognise 'medieval' suspended constitution, will use it only as reference.
Amr Moussa pips Sameh Ashour to the post for head of Egypt's 50-member constitution-writing committee, winning 30 votes over Ashour's 16.
Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie and 14 others referred to criminal court for 15 July Giza clashes.