Egypt’s Coptic pope quits ‘waste of time’ Facebook

The head of Egypt’s Coptic Church, Pope Tawadros II (R), has shut down his Facebook page, saying it was a “waste of time,” after the church ordered monks off social media. (AFP)
Updated 04 August 2018

Egypt’s Coptic pope quits ‘waste of time’ Facebook

CAIRO: The head of Egypt’s Coptic Church, Pope Tawadros II, has shut down his Facebook page, saying it was a “waste of time,” after the church ordered monks off social media.
State-run Al-Ahram newspaper said on Saturday that Tawadros’s decision was in line with a dozen measures announced Thursday by the church relating to the activities of monks.
One of the measures gave monks a month “to deactivate and close any social media pages or accounts and voluntarily renounce these behaviors that are not true to monastic life.”
On Thursday the church also said it will stop accepting any new monks for a year after the mysterious death of a bishop at a monastery northwest of Cairo.
In his last posting on Facebook before shutting the page, Tawadros said that using social media is a “waste of time, age and life.”
“That is why I am shutting down my personal Facebook page and I salute all my brothers and sons who have followed the instructions of my sacred church.”
According to Al-Ahram, several senior Coptic Church officials have followed Tawadros’s example and shut down their Facebook pages.
Tawadros became pope in 2012, and according to Egyptian media has not been active on Facebook since he opened his page in 2009.
Coptic Christians make up about 10 percent of Egypt’s predominantly Sunni Muslim population of 100 million.
Meanwhile Egyptian police continue their investigation into the death of Bishop Epiphanius, the 68-year-old abbot of Saint Macarius monastery in Wadi el-Natrun, who was found with head injuries on Sunday.
A security official has said his death was being investigated as a possible murder.


REVIEW: Second season of Sacred Games mirrors the ills of today's India

Updated 17 August 2019

REVIEW: Second season of Sacred Games mirrors the ills of today's India

CHENNAI: The first season of “Sacred Games” last year was a hit, and the second edition, which began streaming on Netflix on Aug. 15, may be even more so.

The eight episodes explore some of India's most pressing current issues such as a nuclear threat, terrorism and inter-religious animosity dating back to the country's 1947 partition. It. It also addresses how religious men can indulge in the most unholy of acts, including helping corrupt politicians.

Some of the greatest films have had conflict and war as their backdrop: “Gone with the Wind,” “Casablanca,” “Ben-Hur” and “Garam Hawa,” to mention a few. The second season of “Sacred Games” also unfolds in such a scenario, with terrorism and inter-communal disharmony having a rippling effect on the nation.

Directed by Anurag Kashyap (“Gangs of Wasseypur,” “Black Friday”) and Neeraj Ghaywan (“Masaan,” which premiered at Cannes in 2015), the web series, based on Vikram Chandra's 2006 novel, unfolds with Ganesh Gaitonde (played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui) escaping from prison and finding himself in Mombasa. He has been carted there by an agent of India's

Research and Analysis Wing, Kusum Devi Yadav (Amruta Subhash), who forces him to help find Shahid Khan (Ranvir Shorey), the mastermind behind bomb blasts and terror attacks.

In Mumbai, police inspector Sartaj (Saif Ali Khan) has just two weeks to save the city from a nuclear attack, which Gaitonde had warned him about. Both men love Mumbai and do not want it to be destroyed. But religious extremist Khanna Guruji (Pankaj Tripathi) and his chief disciple Batya Ableman (Kalki Koechlin) believe that only such a catastrophic destruction can help cleanse society and bring a cleaner, saner new order.

A narrative of deceit, betrayal, love and longing, the second season has a plodding start, but picks up steam from the fourth episode, with Sartaj and his men racing against time to find a nuclear time bomb that could wipe out Mumbai. Crude dialogue and a constant doomsday atmosphere could have been avoided, but riveting performances by the lead pair – Khan and Siddiqui (though he is getting typecast in this kind of role) – and nail-biting thrills make this Netflix original dramatically captivating.