The AP has "theocracy" on the brain. Presumably the fool who wrote this did not know the word "theological."
Great photos in the article. Don’t know if it’s allowed to post in FR.
The Great Schism took place in 1054
Pope Francis could act right now and maybe save the lives of thousands or tens of thousands of Copts.
There are countless Roman Catholics who are military and civilian security advisers. If the Vatican could arrange with Egypt for a large contingent of such advisers to visit with the Copts, to teach them how to protect themselves from the chaos which surrounds them, this advice could be worth its weight in gold.
The contingent could also discreetly bring satellite communications equipment, that could be used to send out an international plea for help if the situation suddenly turns violent.
The bottom line is that the Copts desperately need information and training, even a small amount of which might prevent a terrible massacre.
It’s the 5th century Nestorian heresy what caused the split . . . A charge the Copts vigoriously deny. I think the two sides are banging it out as to mutually acceptable language.