An Egyptian committee has approved the legalization of 127 churches in the country.
According to CBN News, the churches previously were operating illegally.
Legal churches must obtain state approval in a process that had been criticized for being too restrictive and slow. In response, thousands of churches set up without permits.
“Egypt has a long history of regulating the building of churches, but many churches were not able to complete this process,” said a release from the International Christian Concern. “Instead, they were built illegally.”
The churches must only be used for religious activities, according to a media release.
But in 2016, the Egyptian government passed a new law that aimed to speed up the legalization process. International Christian Concern says that more than 1,000 churches have been granted permits since the law change.
Under the new law, a cabinet committee of the prime minister and the ministers of justice, housing and antiquities, review church requests for approval.
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Source: Christian Headlines