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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...
  • ELCA Presiding Bishop Asks for Prayers for Peaceful Solution in Egypt

    02/01/2011 12:32:12 PM PST · by lightman · 5 replies
    ELCA News Service ^ | 31 January AD 2011 | John Brooks
    ELCA Presiding Bishop Asks for Prayers for Peaceful Solution in Egypt 11-010-JB CHICAGO (ELCA) -- The presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has called upon members of the ELCA "to pray for an end to the violence and for a peaceful solution that will benefit all people living in Egypt." The Rev. Mark S. Hanson made the comment in a Jan. 31 public statement on the crisis in Egypt. He also extended condolences to the families and friends of those killed and asked for prayers for the recovery of those who have been injured. Hanson urged...
  • The Decline of Egypt

    01/30/2011 4:19:56 AM PST · by Scanian · 28 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | January 30, 2011 | Ashraf Ramelah
    When I received word of the fatal car bomb attack on Coptic worshipers leaving the Saints Coptic Church in Alexandria after this year's New Year's mass, I recalled my earliest memories of the first of these brutal, senseless, and unprovoked attacks against the Coptic people in my homeland of Egypt. Eighty-three Christians were massacred in El-Zawia El Hamra, Cairo in 1980 by Muslim believers committing an act of jihad similar to this current episode and similar to what we now face in other parts of the world today. We took our persecution for granted, and I wondered then where my...
  • Op-ed: Israel’s Treatment of Christians Slammed, While Far Worse Muslim Attitude is Ignored

    01/17/2011 7:16:58 PM PST · by lbryce · 5 replies
    YNet News ^ | January 17, 2011 | Manfred Gerstenfeld
    On New Year’s Eve there was a murderous attack on a Coptic Church in Alexandria, Egypt in which 23 Christians were killed and many dozens were wounded. Last week a Christian was shot on an Egyptian train and five others were wounded. The murders in Alexandria drew far more international interest than many other attacks on Copts in recent years. They also gained far more attention than other recent lethal attacks on Christians in countries such as Iraq, Pakistan or Nigeria. One wonders whether this event might be a tipping point for the Western world. Are Western governments and Christians...
  • Egypt's Muslims attend Coptic Christmas mass, serving as "human shields"

    01/09/2011 8:27:47 PM PST · by The_Reader_David · 32 replies
    Ahram Online ^ | Friday 7 Jan 2011 | Yasmine El-Rashidi
    Muslims turned up in droves for the Coptic Christmas mass Thursday night, offering their bodies, and lives, as “shields” to Egypt’s threatened Christian community Yasmine El-Rashidi , Friday 7 Jan 2011 Egypt’s majority Muslim population stuck to its word Thursday night. What had been a promise of solidarity to the weary Coptic community, was honoured, when thousands of Muslims showed up at Coptic Christmas eve mass services in churches around the country and at candle light vigils held outside. From the well-known to the unknown, Muslims had offered their bodies as “human shields” for last night’s mass, making a pledge...
  • Dr. Walid Phares on "The World Over" (EWTN interview)

    01/09/2011 11:13:19 AM PST · by nuconvert · 2 replies
    Professor Walid Phares on Catholic TV EWTN on the Jihadi attacks against the Copts in Alexandria and the Assyro-Chaldeans in Baghdad as well as on his new book, The Coming Revolution: Struggle for Freedom in the Middle East. (about 20mins)
  • Egypt's President Needs to Ensure Egyptian Christians' Safety

    01/08/2011 3:41:20 AM PST · by Kolokotronis · 15 replies
    Ethics ^ | January 4, 2011 | Ayman Ibrahim
    On the first day of 2011 shortly after midnight, as Coptic Christian worshipers left a New Year's Eve service in a church in Alexandria in northern Egypt, a bomb exploded outside the church killing at least 21 Christians and injuring 97. This illustrates a new wave of sectarian violence against Coptic Christians in Egypt. A slogan written on a car at the site stated, "More is yet to come" – a message to warn the Copts of what the future holds for them in Muslim-majority Egypt. Coptic Christians in Egypt make up about 12 percent of Egypt's 80 million people....
  • ELCA Presiding Bishop Addresses Coptic Church Bombing In Egypt

    01/07/2011 5:16:15 PM PST · by lightman · 12 replies
    ELCA News Service ^ | 7 January AD 2011 | John Brooks
    ELCA Presiding Bishop Addresses Coptic Church Bombing In Egypt 11-002-JB CHICAGO (ELCA) -- The Rev. Mark S. Hanson, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), assured the bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Los Angeles of the ELCA's "heartfelt desire" to stand in solidarity with Coptic Christians in the United States and the world in the wake of the New Year's Day bombing in a Coptic congregation in Egypt. At least 22 people were killed and 79 injured as a result of the car bombing that occurred as worshipers were leaving a Mass at the Church...
  • Muslim journalist accuses Millions of "moderates" - at Islamic anti-Christian massacre in Egypt

    01/04/2011 3:52:56 PM PST · by PRePublic · 4 replies
    Bombing opens vein of Christian anger in Egypt By PAUL SCHEMM, Associated Press Paul Schemm, Associated Press – Mon Jan 3, 4:54 pm ET CAIRO – The New Year's Day suicide bombing of a church that killed 21 people has opened up a vein of fury among Egypt's Christians, built up over years of what they call government failure to address persistent discrimination and violence against their community. [...] Christian anger, says rights activist Hossam Bahgat, stems in large part because they feel attacks against them can be carried out with impunity, something borne out by evidence of past incidents,...
  • Who are Egypt's Copts, and the Middle East's other Christian populations?

    01/03/2011 9:28:55 PM PST · by SMCC1 · 4 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 1/03/11 | Ariel Zirulnick
    "Recent attacks against Christians in Egypt and Iraq have drawn attention to the Middle East's Christian populations, which are dwindling as Christians flee violence, political strife, and persecution. Christians made up more than 20 percent of the region's population in the early 20th century, but today, they make up less than 10 percent. Here is a look at the status of Christians in seven key countries, from Egypt to Iran."
  • Islamists Accuse Egypt’s Christians of Behaving Like ... Islamists?

    10/28/2010 6:53:46 PM PDT · by forty_years · 6 replies
    War to Mobilize Democracy ^ | Oct. 28, 2010 | Raymond Ibrahim
    The persecution of Egypt's Coptic minority is taking an ironic, and dangerous, turn: Islamist leaders are now projecting the worst traits of radical Islam onto Egypt's Christians. A psychological phenomenon first described by Sigmund Freud, "projection" is defined as "the attribution of one's own ideas, feelings, or attitudes to other people." ...In fact, the opposite scenario -- kidnapping Christian women and forcing them to convert to Islam -- is a well documented and notorious phenomenon in Egypt. ...
  • Egyptian pope rejects ruling letting Copts remarry

    06/09/2010 3:33:15 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies · 36+ views
    al Reuters ^ | 6/8/2010 | Yasmine Saleh
    CAIRO, June 8 (Reuters) - The head of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church rejected on Tuesday a court ruling that Coptic men could remarry, saying the decision was against the church's principles and reflected interference in its affairs. A court upheld a ruling last week that two Coptic men had the right to remarry even though divorced, a move seen as undermining the church's efforts to maintain authority over Christians in Muslim-majority Egypt. The court decision was prompted by a rare intervention by Coptic Pope Shenouda who had launched an appeal on behalf of the church to overturn a similar court...
  • Will America Help the Persecuted Copts of Egypt?

    02/18/2010 10:05:32 AM PST · by ezfindit · 21 replies · 327+ views
    OrthodoxNet ^ | 2/2/2010 | Ray Nothstine
    The violent persecution of Coptic Christians in Egypt is becoming harder for the free world to ignore. This is true thanks to thousands of Copts who recently expressed their decades of frustration and anguish in street protests across the globe. One moving example took place in West Los Angeles, Calif., last month. With American flags in hand, over a thousand Copts peacefully demonstrated. One boy simply said, “It is very dangerous in Egypt that is why we need America to help us.” The protests were in response to a January 6 shooting that left six young Copts dead in Upper...
  • Religious freedom does not exist in Egypt, says Coptic lawyer

    01/13/2010 5:26:40 AM PST · by markomalley · 1 replies · 168+ views
    CNA ^ | 1/13/2010
    In the wake of the Christmas Eve shootings of Egyptian Coptic Christians by a group of Muslims, Coptic attorney Caroline Doss has planned a rally at the United Nations in protest, telling CNA that religious freedom “does not exist” in Egypt. “Technically speaking, the Constitution does allow freedom of religion but practically speaking it does not exist,” she said Tuesday. “There is a huge difference between the way the laws are applied to Christians and Muslims in Egypt.” Doss is organizing a rally in New York City on Jan. 19 to send a “clear message” to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak...
  • A Plea from a Christian Copt

    01/11/2010 1:16:12 PM PST · by ezfindit · 5 replies · 415+ views
    OrthodoxyToday ^ | 1/11/2010 | A Christian Copt
    The recent killings in Nag Hammadi have cast a dark shadow over a time that for Copts (Christian of Egypt) all over the world should be very joyous. We find ourselves unable to enjoy the glory of the Lord’s birth while our brethren in Egypt are mourning the loss of their young sons. While many of you may see this as just an unfortunate event, I see it as much more. During the past 1,358 years, the Christian of Egypt have been attacked, persecuted, scorned, enslaved, and all but annihilated by the Arab Muslim majority.
  • Egyptians Riot after 7 Christian Copts Killed in Church Attack

    01/07/2010 10:22:43 AM PST · by ezfindit · 33 replies · 3,043+ views
    OrthodoxyToday ^ | 1/7/2010 | Sarah El Deeb
    Thousands clashed with police during a funeral procession Thursday for six of seven people killed in an attack on churchgoers leaving a midnight Mass for Coptic Christians, security officials said. Throughout the day, protesters in the southern town of Nag Hamadi pelted police with rocks and damaged cars and stores. Early in the day, they smashed ambulances outside a hospital in frustration over delays in turning over the bodies for burial. A security official said police fired tear gas to disperse the crowd. The riots followed an attack the previous night, in which three gunmen in a car sprayed automatic...
  • Gunmen kill 6 at Egypt church after Christmas Mass

    01/06/2010 5:15:28 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 15 replies · 594+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 6, 2010 | SARAH El DEEB
    CAIRO (AP) - Egyptian security and hospital officials say gunmen have killed at least six people in a drive-by shooting outside a church in southern Egypt as worshippers left a midnight Mass for Coptic Christmas. The attack took place early Thursday in the town of Nag Hamadi in Qena province, about 40 miles from the famous ancient ruins of Luxor. A local security official says two gunmen drove by a group as they were walking out of the Virgin Mary church and sprayed gunfire randomly into the crowd.
  • Harrisburg ELCA Congregation Gives Building to Coptic Orthodox Church

    01/01/2010 6:38:22 PM PST · by lightman · 32 replies · 1,099+ views
    ELCA News Service ^ | 31 December AD 2009 | Barbara Myers
    Harrisburg ELCA Congregation Gives Building to Coptic Orthodox Church HARRISBURG, Pa. (ELCA) -- An Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) congregation here is breathing new life into its church building by moving out and turning its facilities over to a congregation of another denomination. Following its worship service of carols and a celebration luncheon Dec. 27, Memorial Evangelical Lutheran Church gave its building as a gift to St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church. This Sunday, Jan. 3, Memorial's members will worship at the James E. Morecraft Christian Education Building, owned by the congregation and directly across the street from the Memorial's...
  • EGYPT: Is it the Virgin Mary or just a curious flash of light?

    12/17/2009 8:57:26 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 3 replies · 652+ views
    LA Times ^ | December 15, 2009 | Amro Hassan
    The faithful say she comes in a flash of light amid a swirl of pigeons. Hundreds, if not thousands, have been lining up for hours every night at the Virgin Mary Orthodox Church in a Cairo neighborhood just off the Nile. Many of them claim that a mysterious light hovering above the church's domes is an apparition of the Virgin Mary who will bring Christian Copts prosperity and relief in a time of national and religious struggle. The crowds began appearing Thursday evening when a number of residents spotted a flickering light. No one was sure where the illumination was...
  • Egyptian Muslim Mob Attacks Thousands of Coptic Christians in Egypt

    11/24/2009 11:26:51 AM PST · by BeAllYouCanBe · 69 replies · 2,658+ views
    Christian News Wire ^ | November 24, 2009 | Ihab Aziz, Executive Director, Coptic American Friendship
    Egyptian Muslim Mob Attacks Thousands of Coptic Christians in Egypt Contact: Ihab Aziz, Executive Director, Coptic American Friendship Association (CAFA), 703-337-5217, MEDIA ADVISORY, Nov. 24 /Christian Newswire/ -- As of Saturday, November 21, 2009 the Egyptian town of Farshoot, located 300 miles south of Cairo, and the neighboring villages of Kom Ahmar, Shakiki and Ezbet Waziri, have been the scenes of massive Muslim mob attacks against Coptic Christian inhabitants. The mob looted, vandalized and burnt Coptic properties estimated for six million Egyptian pounds (over one million dollars), while Copts are still hiding indoors fearing for their lives. There are...
  • Egyptian Police Arrest Christian Father for Attempting to Free Kidnapped Daughter

    10/06/2009 7:01:40 AM PDT · by LastNorwegian · 6 replies · 530+ views
    Alexandria, Egypt (AINA) -- At dawn on Saturday, October 3, 2009, Egyptian State Security forces arrested a group of Christian Copts in different parts of the city in Alexandria, after severely assaulting them in front of their neighbors. Their wives were also arrested, but because of intense objection protests by neighbors at the way they were handled and of the screams of their terrified children, they were released. The men who were arrested are relatives of Rafaat Girges Habib, a man who helped a Coptic father free his kidnapped daughter from her Muslim husband's home. The arrests continued until Habib...
  • Muslim Kills Egyptian Christian, Villagers Attack Mourners At Funeral

    09/30/2009 9:33:44 PM PDT · by americanophile · 7 replies · 914+ views
    Assyrian International News Agency ^ | September 30, 2009 | Mary Abdelmassih
    Egypt (AINA) -- Nayer Mansour Sahrab, a Muslim minibus driver, stabbed four Christian Copts on Sunday, September 27, in the village of Delga, Deir Mawas, Al Minya Governorate, killing one and seriously injuring the other three. The incident led thousands of angry Copts to rally and demand an end to the government's policy of indifference in dealing with Coptic issues. State Security forces have cordoned the village and are still heavily present near the church. When a Coptic family desired to board a minibus other than the one owned by Mr. Sahrab (28) an argument ensued. Mr. Sahrab was apparently...
  • Contra Mundum (On the Coptic Church)

    08/21/2009 7:36:30 AM PDT · by Nikas777 · 8 replies · 723+ views ^ | Dec 2006 - Jan 2007 | Kate Holden
    The Monthly » December 2006 - January 2007, No. 19 » The Nation Reviewed | Dec 2006 - Jan 2007 Contra Mundum Kate Holden A paean in an arcane language derived from ancient Egyptian and Greek; a ceremonial procession of men in Byzantine beards and robes; a supper table laid with platters of pizza and fried rice; a sermon aided by PowerPoint slides above a Madonna icon outlined in blue sequins; the spiritual wisdom of the Desert Fathers. Welcome to a Friday night Coptic service in a northern Melbourne suburb. There is something splendidly venerable about an institution such as...
  • Egypt: Muslim mob targets Christians for building church

    07/27/2009 6:16:11 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 8 replies · 231+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | July 26 2009 | Aaron Klein
    JERUSALEM – Hundreds of Muslims over the weekend tried to set a local Egyptian Christian's home on fire after he announced he would turn the structure into a church, an Egyptian security source and local Christians told WND. At least four Christian Copts and two Muslim policemen were wounded in the clashes that ensued this past Friday after about 500 local Muslims descended upon the small Christian village of Al-Hawasiliya, vowing to burn down the house. Local Christians told WND the Muslim mob was provoked at local mosque services.
  • Muslims Set Church Ablaze But Egyptian Security Implicates a Christian Copts

    07/14/2009 3:53:52 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 4 replies · 338+ views
    United Copts ^ | July 13 2009 | Mary Abdelmassih/AINA
    In a continuation of the ongoing wave of arson attacks on Coptic places of worship, the Church of St. Abaskharion Kellini, in the village of Ezbet Bassilious, Beni Mazar, was burnt down at noon on July 11 by Muslim village inhabitants. No one was injured. A source in Bani Mazar Diocese told Free Copts advocacy the fire was instigated and directed as usual by State Security, aiming "to prevent prayers in new churches throughout both the Upper Egyptian provinces of Minya and of Beni Suef." Reverend Abraham Phillobos, pastor of the torched Church told Coptic News Bulletin that the Security...
  • The Role of the Egyptian Security in Violence Against Christian Copts

    07/10/2009 5:37:57 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 4 replies · 339+ views
    Assyrian International News Agency ^ | 7-8-2009 | Mary Abdelmassih
    In less than two weeks, Muslim mobs carried out collective punishment on Copts in three villages stretching from Upper Egypt to the Nile Delta. These attacks included assaults, torching, and looting of Coptic homes and shops, forcing the terrorized villagers to abandon their possessions and flee to safety. In all three recent incidents the accounts of several eyewitnesses, including priests, directly implicated the Egyptian State Security of masterminding the assaults and instigating the mobs, and taking an active role in the violence against the Christians. The reason for the attacks on the two Upper Egyptian villages of Ezbet Boushra-East on...
  • Fear Of Massacre Grips Christian Village In Egypt…”The Cross Is The Enemy Of God”

    06/28/2009 3:48:53 PM PDT · by blueyon · 15 replies · 734+ views
    Centurean2’s Weblog ^ | June 24, 2009 | AINA
    Fear of massacre grips Christian village in Egypt Whenever Muslims are seen “dancing and chanting ‘Come to Jihad’ and the ‘Cross is the enemy of God” outside the homes of grossly outnumbered indigenous Christians, who are further oppressed by the state, massacres become very real possibilities. More on this story. “Fear of Massacre Grips Christian Village in Egypt; Crops Destroyed,” from AINA, June 24: (AINA) — Fears of an impending massacre has gripped the Christian Copts in the village of Ezbet Boshra, El Fashn, which was scene to Muslim mob attacks on Copts on Sunday (AINA 6-22-2009). Egyptian State Security...
  • 'Hurling a Stone At a Mosque' Rumor Leads to Attack on Christians in Egypt

    05/15/2009 12:35:03 AM PDT · by americanophile · 10 replies · 540+ views
    Assyrian International News Agency ^ | 5-14-2009 | Mary Abdelmassih
    AINA) -- As a result of a rumor that a young Christian Copt hurled a stone towards a mosque, thousands of Muslims congregated and attacked Copts and their properties, leaving several injured and arrested. The incident, which took place on Wednesday, May 13, 2009,in the area of Saft El-Labn, Giza, resulted in the injury of 14 people from both sides. The police arrested 20 Copts, including 6 women, and 7 Muslims, and security imposed a curfew on the region. Among the Copts randomly rounded up by the police is 29-year-old Sabry Shaker, a physically handicapped man suffering from infantile paralysis....
  • Swine Flu: Egyptian Police Battle Christians As They Enforce Pig Cull

    05/03/2009 8:29:07 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 2 replies · 425+ views
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | May 03rd 2009
    Swine flu: Egyptian police battle Christians as they enforce pig cull Egyptian police fought running battles with stone-throwing members of the country's Christian minority after moving in to enforce a cull of pigs ordered because of swine flu. By Richard Spencer in Dubai 03 May 2009 Fires burn in Cairo as protestors try to prevent security forces confiscating their pigs Photo: EPA Pig farmers, many of whom keep their animals in the backstreet slums of the capital, Cairo, mounted a blockade against government workers moving in to slaughter their animals. When they began throwing stones at police trying to force...
  • Israel - Liberation of the aboriginal Jews from the twin fascisms of pan-Arabism and Islamism

    04/27/2009 6:27:56 PM PDT · by PRePublic · 3 replies · 418+ views
    I have always seen Israel as the result of the national liberation movement of the region's aboriginal Jews. Liberation of the aboriginal Jews (and anyone else lucky enough to find refuge within Israel's borders) from the twin fascisms of pan-Arabism and Islamism which have oppressed and even eliminated so many of the region’s aboriginal ethnic groups. Israel's aboriginal Jews were not unique in accepting outside help (and even immigration) in their liberation struggle. Lebanon's Maronites; Egypt's Copts, Iraq and Turkey's Kurds, and Iran's Zoroastrians have all sought and received outside help in their liberation struggles, each group according to its...
  • Egypt: Coptic Christian killed during with clashes with Muslims

    10/05/2008 7:50:51 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 2 replies · 314+ views
    al Bawaba ^ | October 05 2008
    A Coptic Christian was killed by a stray bullet during an overnight gunfight between Christians and Muslims in a town in southern Egypt, a security official said on Saturday. A Christian and a Muslim were also wounded in the shooting, which took place in Al-Tayeba, near Minya, some 230 kilometres south of Cairo. According to AFP, the dead man was identified as Yeshua Gamal Nashed, 28. The cause of the violence was unclear, but the official said it appeared to be linked to reports that a Christian woman in the village was selling a property to a Muslim. Al-Tayeba, 75...