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  • 5 Things to know about Coptic Christians

    04/11/2017 4:22:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 36 replies
    Aletelia ^ | April 11, 2017 | Joanne McPortland
    Who are these sisters and brothers suffering persecution for Christ?  From the Aleteia archives:  With the news of the terrible bombing during Divine Liturgy in a Coptic Orthodox church in Cairo, December 11, 2016, attention is being drawn again to the sufferings of Christian brothers and sisters in the Middle East. Who are these Coptic Christians? What do we share with them?1. The Coptic Church is among the oldest Christian communities in the world.Coptic Christians trace the founding of their church to a missionary journey by the evangelist St. Mark in the year 42. According to tradition, Mark spent his...
  • Egypt's Deadliest Church Attack

    12/15/2016 8:45:36 AM PST · by detective · 2 replies
    The Gatestone Institute ^ | December 12, 2016 | Raymond Ibrahim
    The worst attack on Egypt's Christian minority in recent years occurred yesterday, Sunday, December 11, 2016. St. Peter Cathedral in Cairo, packed with worshipers celebrating Sunday mass, was bombed; at least 27 churchgoers, mostly women and children, were killed and 65 severely wounded. As many of the wounded are in critical condition, the death toll is expected to rise. As usual, witnesses say that state security was not present, and that police took an inordinate amount of time to arrive after the explosion. Preliminary investigations point to a bomb placed inside an unattended woman's purse on one of the rear...
  • Islamic leaders, and even a militant group, condemn bombing of Coptic church in Cairo.

    12/13/2016 11:35:12 AM PST · by heterosupremacist · 7 replies
    http://aleteia.org ^ | 12/13/2016 | John Burger
    Sub-title : Grand Mufti points out that Sharia forbids attacks on places of worship. The Grand Mufti of Egypt and an Islamist militant organization, as well as Egypt’s Muslim president, have all condemned Sunday’s attack on a Coptic church in Cairo that killed 25 and wounded dozens of worshipers during Divine Liturgy. “Attacking churches whether by demolition, bombing, killing those inside, or terrifying … secure people are prohibited in Islamic Sharia,” said the Grand Mufti, Sheikh Shawky Ibrahim Abdel-Karim Allam. The explosion in the church of St. Peter and St. Paul, which is adjacent to the St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox...
  • Bombing at Egypt's main Coptic Christian cathedral kills 25

    12/11/2016 6:48:27 AM PST · by Zakeet · 8 replies
    AP ^ | December 9, 2016
    CAIRO (AP) — A bombing at a chapel adjacent to Egypt's main Coptic Christian cathedral killed 25 people and wounded another 49 during Sunday Mass, in one of the deadliest attacks carried out against the religious minority in recent memory. [Snip] "I found bodies, many of them women, lying on the pews. It was a horrible scene," said cathedral worker Attiya Mahrous, who rushed to the chapel after he heard the blast. His clothes and hands were stained with blood and his hair matted with dust. "I saw a headless woman being carried away," Mariam Shenouda said as she pounded...
  • St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo bombed, killing dozens

    12/11/2016 7:04:49 AM PST · by mandaladon · 18 replies
    CBS ^ | 11 Dec 2016 | REUTERS/MOHAMED ABD EL GHANY
    CAIRO - A bombing at Egypt’s main Coptic Christian cathedral killed 25 people and wounded another 35 on Sunday, in one of the deadliest attacks carried out against the religious minority in recent memory. The attack came two days after a bomb elsewhere in Cairo killed six policemen, an assault claimed by a shadowy group that authorities say is linked to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. Islamic militants have targeted Christians in the past, including a New Year’s Day bombing at a church in Alexandria in 2011 that killed at least 21 people. Egypt’s official MENA news agency said an assailant...
  • Muslim Terrorist Bombs Christian Church, Slaughters Twenty Two Christians(tr)

    12/11/2016 2:02:03 PM PST · by heterosupremacist · 7 replies
    http://shoebat.com ^ | 12/11/2016 | Theodore Shoebat
    Full title : Muslim Terrorist Bombs Christian Church, Slaughters Twenty Two Christians And Injures Thirty Five More, Blood And Carnage Are All Over The Floors. An Islamic bomb attack against a church in Egypt, St. Mark’s Cathedral, has left twenty two Christians dead and thirty five more injured. Shoebat.com was able to find a video of the attack. A bombing at Egypt’s main Coptic Christian cathedral killed 22 people and wounded another 35 on Sunday, according to Egyptian state television, in the second deadly attack to hit the Egyptian capital in two days. Egypt’s official MENA news agency said an...
  • Bomb spreads carnage through much-loved Egypt church (bomb explodes during Sunday prayers)

    12/11/2016 2:35:58 PM PST · by quesney · 31 replies
    The Coptic Christians were in mid-prayer Sunday when the ear-splitting blast tore through their church in Egypt's capital, spraying shrapnel into icon-covered walls and blowing out the tiled roof. Witnesses said the smoke then cleared to reveal a tangle of splintered pews and body parts. "It was terrifying. Things were falling down on us. I couldn't get down from behind the altar because of the smoke," said church volunteer Tadros Zaki, 63. There were too many people. Destroyed, in pieces... people on top of people," said Romany, who rushed to the church to help after the bombing. The health ministry...
  • The King of Bahrain Donates Land for the Construction of a New Coptic Church

    10/14/2016 5:13:04 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 10/13/16
    Manama (Agenzia Fides) - Coptic Orthodox priest Royce George, engaged in the pastoral care of the Orthodox Coptic community in Bahrain, has confirmed the donation of land by King Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa for the construction of the second Coptic church in the Kingdom. The new building of Christian worship will rise in the capital, Manama, and will become a point of reference for the liturgies and pastoral activities that will involve approximately 1,500 Coptic families resident in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. The donation was announced after the meeting which took place in late April between the King of...
  • Vatican ecumenism forsakes Egypt’s Christian minorities

    06/16/2016 8:25:05 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/16/16 | Dr. Ashraf Ramelah
    Vatican’s ecumenism comes at the expense of Egypt’s human rights Pope Francis, who is “building bridges to build peace” around the world, has naturally reached out to embrace Sunni Muslims. Last month, for the first time after years of Vatican silence, Pope Francis summoned to his private library in Rome grand imam Ahmed El-Tayeb of Cairo’s Al-Ahzar Mosque Institute. Absent a press release before this event, the Pope was quoted as saying, “this meeting is the message” – leading all to dwell on the meaning and purpose of their 25 minutes together. Christians, especially Egyptian Coptic Christians, have observed the...
  • Will Egypt's Copts Get to Build More Churches?

    06/14/2016 6:27:46 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    AL Monitor ^ | 6/9/16 | Rania Rabeaa Elabd
    The draft law on the construction of churches has renewed the crisis that has existed between the ruling regimes and the Copts in Egypt since the Ottoman era. Over the years, Egypt’s Christians have requested the state to promulgate a law governing the construction of houses of worship, regulating the building of mosques for Muslims and churches for Christians, in light of the challenges in obtaining permission to build new churches, despite the growing Christian population. A law was issued on Oct. 17, 2001, governing only the construction of mosques, with no mention of the building of churches. In Egypt,...
  • Pope Francis Wants More Dialogue With Islam. Is Egypt the Key?

    02/25/2016 4:36:44 AM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 2/25/16 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    Vatican City, Feb 25, 2016 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- For Pope Francis, dialogue with Islam is a core issue. He recently voiced hopes to meet a major Sunni leader: the Grand Imam of al-Azhar Mosque, Ahmed el-Tayeb. "I want to meet him. I know that he would like it," the Pope said during his Feb. 18 in-flight press conference. The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, headed by Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, is reaching out to al-Azhar Mosque. "We are looking for the way, always through Cardinal Tauran because it is the path, but we will achieve it," Pope Francis said...
  • I'm a Muslim and I love you: Egypt-born man to Trump

    02/22/2016 10:00:26 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 7 replies
    timesofindia.indiatimes.com ^ | Feb 22, 2016, 10.27 AM IST | Reuters
    I'm a Muslim & I love you: Egypt-born man to Trump Reuters | Feb 22, 2016, 10.27 AM IST Elhamy Ibrahim, 62, is a Muslim who does not like very many other Muslims these days, but loves Donald Trump. The Egyptian-born businessman who came to the United States in 1981 and became a citizen two decades later said in an interview on Friday that he was alarmed by changes in Egypt, where, in his view, high unemployment and poverty have driven many young Egyptians to religious extremism. He strongly backs Trump's proposal to ban Muslims from entering the US until...
  • Egypt Church Marks 1st Anniversary of Beheading of 21 Christians

    02/16/2016 9:52:49 AM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    BosNewsLife ^ | 2/15/16 | Alexander McDonald and Stefan Bos
    Egypt's embattled Coptic community on Monday, February 15, marked the one year since video surfaced of the murder of 21 Coptic Orthodox Christians on a beach in Libya. The men were marched in orange suits across the beach, forced to kneel and then were beheaded by Islamic State group militants. The Christians, who went to Libya as construction workers to support their families, were seen saying their last prayers. As the blade came to their neck they all cried in unison "Ya Rabbi Yasou" or 'O My Lord Jesus', according to a video and Christian experts familiar with the situation....
  • Egypt Military Restoring Churches Destroyed Following Morsi's Ouster

    02/08/2016 9:53:19 AM PST · by NRx · 11 replies
    AINA ^ | 02-07-2016 | Sherry El Gergawi
    After Egypt President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi apologised for not finishing the reconstruction work of Christian properties damaged in the aftermath of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi's ouster in 2013, the engineering unit of the Armed Forces immediately started cooperating with Coptic authorities to wrap up the pending renovations, religious Coptic figures said. While visiting Cairo's St. Mark Cathedral on Christmas Eve, El-Sisi apologised to the country's Christians over the delay in the completion of renovations, which he says will be done by the end of 2016.The churches undergoing renovation were attacked in August 2013 on the day of the dispersals of pro-Morsi...
  • Leader of Coptic Orthodox Church to visit Armenia on April 20

    04/22/2015 6:11:07 AM PDT · by OK Sun
    Armenian News Agency ^ | 15 Aprill, 2015 | Armenian News Agency
    YEREVAN, 15 APRIL, ARMENPRESS. On April 20, the Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark, the Leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church His Holiness Tawadros II will arrive in Armenia and participate in the events of the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide perpetrated  against the Armenians by the Turks.  As “Armenpress” reports, citing the Egyptian news outlets, His Holiness will leave for Europe from Armenia to participate in the conference of Coptic Diaspora. Tawadros II will return to Egypt from his trip in about a month. In his two years tenure, he paid Pontifical visit to...
  • Why Can't White House Just Say ISIS Beheaded Christians?

    02/17/2015 3:38:48 PM PST · by raptor22 · 49 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 17, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    errorism: As in Paris, where the White House insists four Jews in a kosher market were randomly selected for slaughter, the statement condemning IS beheading 21 Egyptians omits a key fact: all were Christians. Speaking of the Chapel Hill, N.C., murder of three Muslims, President Obama, as his FBI began an investigation into whether it was a "hate crime," issued a statement saying that "no one in the United States of America should ever be targeted because of who they are, what they look like or how they worship." Indeed not. Yet, we could find no such sentiment or statement...
  • A Coptic Exodus From Egypt

    09/11/2013 8:15:11 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 5 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | September 6, 2013 | GRACY OLMSTEAD
    One of the last and largest Christian populations in the Middle East faces mounting persecution---and begins to flee. In the aftermath of President Mohammed Morsi’s overthrow earlier this summer, Egypt’s Coptic Church has faced an onslaught of persecution. Pro-Morsi supporters vented their anger by burning Christian homes and shops, and when the military staged an August 14 crackdown on protesters, the repercussions for Copts were enormous and tragic: at least 42 churches were assailed, looted, and demolished. Mobs destroyed Christian convents, orphanages, schools, shops, and homes.This is the culmination of several years of rising persecution for the Copts, whose freedoms...
  • 50 Christian churches burned to ground in days

    08/25/2013 11:00:06 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 26 replies
    Christians in Egypt are under the worst persecution by Islamic radicals in recent memory, Syrian believers are displaced in massive numbers and the effort to assist them in both countries goes on despite tremendous upheaval in both nations. Most of the recent attention has been focused on Egypt. Christians have been in the Muslim Brotherhood’s cross-hairs since the 2011 Arab Spring, but the persecution has greatly intensified in the weeks following the July 3 coup that removed Mohammed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood from power. The violence is a result of radical leaders blaming the coup on Christians. It’s a...
  • Huge Crowds Turn Out in Egypt in Largely Peaceful Protests Against Morsi

    06/30/2013 1:11:46 PM PDT · by kristinn · 73 replies
    McClatchy ^ | Sunday, June 30, 2013 | Nancy A. Youssef
    In highly anticipated protests to mark the first anniversary of President Mohammed Morsi’s inauguration, millions of Egyptians took to the streets across the country in unprecedented numbers Sunday to demand his removal from office, three years before his term expires. The protests were largely peaceful after days of worries that they would unleash violence between pro- and anti-Morsi camps. But in those places where they came together, the two sides kept their distance, with Morsi’s supporters vastly outnumbered by the president’s opponents. This normally bustling city set aside its usual business what in Egypt is the first day of the...
  • MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD SUPPORTERS ATTACK CHURCHES, PARADE NUNS THROUGH STREET

    08/20/2013 4:11:14 PM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 19, 2013 | BEN SHAPIRO
    <p>While the United States considers cutting aid to the Egyptian military in an attempt to stop violence between the military regime and the deposed Muslim Brotherhood, Brotherhood members and allies are reportedly parading nuns through the streets, looting churches, and tearing down a cross in favor of an al Qaeda banner.</p>