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  • Cave Church: The Church of St. Samman the The Tanner [Egypt]

    06/12/2011 10:04:00 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The church was named after Saint Samaan the Tanner whom the Lord used in the miracle of moving the Mokkatam mountain on Nov. 27, 979 A.D from the boundaries of the Elephant Lake (now known as the New Helmeia) to its present location; during the time of the 62nd Patriarch, Bishop Abram Ibn Zaraa the Syrian in the reign of Al Muiz Ledin Illah the Fatimid , the first ruler of the Fatimid dynasty in Egypt. Ministry in this church started by Divine Providence in April 1974 with a small children’s meeting, then a general women and men’s meeting...
  • 'Arab Spring,' Christian Winter

    06/07/2011 8:44:27 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 14 replies
    investors ^ | ‎May 20, 2011‎
    Islamofascism: Obama wants to reward "democratic Egypt" with $1 billion in debt relief. Only, "democratic" Egypt is torching churches and slaughtering Christians left and right. There's a howling disconnect between the president's Pollyannaish ...
  • Christians worry Egypt being hijacked by Islamists

    05/27/2011 9:13:15 AM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 27, 2011 | Sami Aboudi
    Those who camped out in Tahrir Square side by side with Muslims to call for national renewal now fear their struggle is being hijacked by ultra-conservative Salafist Islamists with no one to stop them. "We did not risk our lives to bring Mubarak down in order to have him replaced by Salafists,"... Sectarian tensions are not new to Egypt, where Christians make up around 10 percent of the population of 80 million. But the frequency and intensity of clashes have increased since Mubarak's overthrow. ... Christians say no one has been tried yet for the burning of a church in...
  • Egypt: Why Are the Churches Burning? (Link Only)

    05/18/2011 12:36:37 PM PDT · by mojito · 4 replies
    New York Review of Books ^ | 5/17/2011 | Yasmine El Rashidi
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  • Christians Under Attack From Anti-Government Protesters in Syria

    05/16/2011 8:21:18 PM PDT · by fso301 · 6 replies
    Copts United ^ | 2011-05-08 | Alison Matheson
    Christian communities across Syria have been attacked by anti-government protesters in recent weeks. International Christian Concern says that protesters are being led by hard-line Islamists and that Christians have come under pressure to either join in protests demanding the resignation of President Bashir Assad, or else leave the country
  • Egypt revolution followed by conflict between Christians and Muslims

    05/14/2011 9:36:13 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 11 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | Saturday, May 14, 2011 | Richard Spencer
    Coptic Christians chant slogans as they protest the recent attacks on Christians and churches in Egypt.Two families, two bereavements, two narrow streets apart. In the northern Cairo suburb of Imbaba, the Christian Malek family and the Muslim Ramadan family followed near-identical rituals of mourning this week. The menfolk sat separately, holding back tears, showing a family photograph, each of a cheerful young man with a slapstick sense of humour, and receiving the neighbours' visits of condolence. At the Malek family's narrow, brick-and-concrete house, a priest with long black robe, black cap and flowing beard arrived to offer support. A hundred...
  • Obama Should Condemn Anti-Christian Violence in Egypt

    05/13/2011 4:46:39 AM PDT · by SJackson · 9 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | 5-13-11 | Keith Koffler
    Even as he renews his outreach to Muslims, President Obama should seek to stem the growing tide of violence against Coptic Christians in Egypt by condemning last weekend’s attacks that left a dozen people dead and scores injured. The attacks, about which Obama has been silent, also resulted in the burning of Coptic Orthodox churches and the destruction of Christian homes and businesses. The president needs to say more to stem religious violence that creates opportunities for Islamic extremists who want to seize power in Egypt, our most important Arab ally. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper Monday “strongly” condemned the...
  • Who are the Coptic Christians?

    05/11/2011 6:54:48 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 33 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | Wednesday, May 11, 2011 | Jonathan Jones
    Attacks on churches, communal divisions -- Cairo has recently seen conflicts between some Muslims and Coptic Christians. But who exactly are the Copts and how did they come to be in Egypt? Part of the answer lies in Coptic art... in the 19th and 20th centuries excavators such as William Flinders Petrie developed truly scientific archaeological techniques and looked beyond the tombs of the kings into the buried worlds of Egypt's past. Petrie, who excavated at Fayoum, looked not just for treasures but pottery and cloth. Egypt's climate preserves materials that usually perish, including wood, papyrus, and cloth. Even shoes...
  • Were Conquered Christians Really Liberated Muslims?

    04/24/2011 6:48:10 PM PDT · by forty_years · 22 replies
    netWMD ^ | April 24, 2011 | Raymond Ibrahim
    ... [Fadel Soliman's] new Arabic book, Copts: Muslims Before Muhammad, which he has been promoting all over the media, including al-Jazeera, asserts that, at the time of the Muslim conquest of Egypt (c. 640), the vast majority of Egyptians were not, as history has long taught, Christians, but rather prototypical Muslims, or muwahidin, who were actually being oppressed by Christians: hence, the Muslim conquest of Egypt was really about "liberating" fellow Muslims. Soliman's evidence is that the Arian sect, which rejected the claim that Jesus was coequal with God, was present in 4th century Egypt. Therefore, according to Soliman, the...
  • No 'Revolution' for Egypt's Christians

    03/23/2011 8:41:39 PM PDT · by forty_years · 2 replies ^ | March 23, 2011 | Raymond Ibrahim
    On March 5, Muslims attacked, plundered, and set ablaze an ancient Coptic church in Sool, a village near Cairo, Egypt. Afterwards, throngs of Muslims gathered around the scorched building and pounded its walls down with sledge hammers -- to cries of "Allahu Akbar!" Adding insult to injury, the attackers played "soccer" with the relic-remains of the church's saints and martyrs and transformed the desecrated church into a mosque (a live example of history, which witnessed countless churches seized and transformed into mosques). As a result of Christian girls being abducted and raped and overall terrorization of the Coptic community, thousands...
  • Egypt: Copts Report Banner at Site of Destroyed Church Proclaiming "Al-Ramla Mosque"

    03/11/2011 2:26:29 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 3/11/11
    After all, nothing says "Religion of Peace and Tolerance" like claiming someone else's sacred ground as a spoil of war and sticking a mosque on it. It is intended as a permanent exercise in supremacist gloating. This act would only uphold a long tradition of building mosques on sacred sites seized in Islamic conquests, just like the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus, and the Hagia Sophia, along with innumerable other churches, synagogues, and temples from Spain to India and beyond. Despite the vague headline about "wars of religion," what follows is a refreshingly complete report. "After the Egyptian Revolution: The Wars...
  • Clashes between Muslims and Coptic Christians kill 13 in Egypt

    Clashes between Muslims and Coptic Christians kill 13 in Egypt By EJP • on March 9, 2011 • Filed under: Religion CAIRO, March 09, 2011 – (RIA Novosti) At least 13 people were killed in clashes between Coptic Christians and Muslims in Cairo, the Egyptian Health Ministry said on Wednesday. Clashes between Muslims, Coptic Christians kill 13 in Egypt Some 140 people are listed as injured in the clashes which began last Friday in a village near Cairo and spread to the capital over the weekend. A church in the Helwan governorate south of Cairo was set on fire in...
  • 9 Christians Killed, 150 Injured in Attack By 15,000 Muslims and Egyptian Army

    03/09/2011 3:48:30 PM PST · by Qbert · 22 replies
    Assyrian International News Agency ^ | 3/9/2011 | Mary Abdelmassih
    (AINA) -- According to Father Abram Fahmy, pastor of St. Simon the Tanner Monastery in Mokatam Hills, on the outskirts of Cairo, Copts were killed and injured today in a fresh attack by Muslims. It was reported the Egyptian army fired live ammunition on Copts. The attack has claimed until now the lives of 9 Copts and injured 150, 45 seriously. Muslims threw fire balls at the Monastery from the top of the hills. Coptic youth have arrested five of them, who are now being held within the Monastery grounds, waiting to be handed over to the authorities. [Snip] The...
  • Nearly 4000 Muslims Attack Christian Homes in Egypt, Torch Church

    03/05/2011 3:05:23 PM PST · by Qbert · 100 replies
    Assyrian International News Agency ^ | 3/5/2011 | Mary Abdelmassih
    (AINA) -- A mob of nearly four thousand Muslims has attacked Coptic homes this evening in the village of Soul, Atfif in Helwan Governorate, 30 kilometers from Cairo, and torched the Church of St. Mina and St. George. There are conflicting reports about the whereabouts of the Church pastor Father Yosha and three deacons who were at church; some say they died in the fire and some say they are being held captive by the Muslims inside the church. Witnesses report the mob prevented the fire brigade from entering the village. The army, which has been stationed for the last...
  • Egypt army taking down Christian walls

    02/24/2011 1:28:14 PM PST · by Steve Van Doorn · 12 replies
    Egyptian military makes permit laws highest priority after government collapses. Military is claiming the fences were put up without a permit.
  • Coptic Christians Excluded From Talks With New Government in Egypt

    02/13/2011 8:29:00 AM PST · by stfassisi · 20 replies
    KNOXVILLE, TN (Catholic Online) - According to an article from the Assyrian International News Agency dated February 5, 2011, President Mubarak's new government has "called on all parties to join in a dialogue for the future." But the Copts have not been invited to join in these talks. This unfortunate turn of events could undo hopes for greater unity and peace between Muslims and Christians. Dr. Naguib Gabriel, head of the Egyptian Federation of Human Rights Organization, and a Copt, requested that the new Vice-President, Major Omar Suleiman, include the Copts in the dialogue with government authorities. Dr. Gabriel's request...
  • Fearing the worst, Egyptians in South Florida pray

    02/11/2011 7:14:56 PM PST · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 5 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | Feb. 10, 2011 | JAWEED KALEEM
    Nadia Guirguis left Egypt 15 years ago for the same reasons her countrymen are protesting today: She wanted a chance at better jobs, more freedoms and a better life. But as tumultuous demonstrations raged in her homeland, the Coptic Christian has become a reluctant supporter of the country’s widely disliked dictator, President Hosni Mubarak. While much of the world — from those taking to the streets Egypt to rallies in South Florida — roots for democracy and the immediate ouster of Mubarak, the Copts, a persecuted minority in Egypt that make up a majority of its immigrant population in the...
  • Christians vs. Muslims in Modern Egypt: The Century-Long Struggle for Coptic Equality(Book Review)

    04/07/2005 1:51:27 AM PDT · by Stoat · 3 replies · 1,053+ views
    First Things ^ | March 2005 | Robert W. Shaffern
    Let My People Go  Christians versus Muslims in Modern Egypt: The Century-Long Struggle for Coptic EqualityBy S. S. HasanOxford University Press. 320 pp. $49.95.Reviewed by Robert W. ShaffernSana Hasan, an Egyptian scholar best known for her Enemy in the Promised Land, has written another important book in Christians versus Muslims in Modern Egypt—a book in which she honestly confronts the sorry condition of Christians in Egypt, where the “problems faced by the Christian minority are for many . . . a taboo subject.” Hasan courageously describes the discrimination and harm often visited upon one of Christianity’s oldest communions—the Coptic...
  • Who Are Those Coptic People Anyway?

    02/04/2011 6:42:30 AM PST · by marshmallow · 57 replies
    Get Religion ^ | 2/3/11 | Terry Mattingly
    I don’t know about you, but the following paragraph from an Atlantic Monthly blog post by White House correspondent Marc Ambinder left me amazed, confused and then ticked off: A number of White House officials were given an Encyclopedia Britannica-like briefing about the basics: how many U.S. citizens were inside the country and contingency plans to get them out; reminders that Egypt wasn’t a Muslim country; Hosni Mubarak was a Coptic Christian of a certain sect; the Muslim Brotherhood was at once an opposition political party and a co-opted part of the social system. …Mubarak is a WHAT?!?!?! Needless to...
  • Copts say Egypt regime change trumps Islamist fears

    02/02/2011 12:32:38 PM PST · by buzzer · 38 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Feb 1, 2011 10:01pm GM | Alexander Dziadosz
    CAIRO, Feb 1 (Reuters) - For Rafik, a member of Egypt's Coptic Christian minority, the myth that President Hosni Mubarak is the community's best defence against Islamist militants was shattered by an Alexandria church bombing on New Year's Day. He and other Copts continued to demonstrate alongside at least 1 million Egyptians on Tuesday, saying their desire to end Mubarak's three-decade rule was for now more pressing than any fears that a change of power might empower Islamist groups. "After (the Alexandria) bombing the Copts for the first time started to demonstrate against Mubarak. He was telling us that 'When...