Coptic Priest Gunned Down in Egypt, Christian Villages Attacked

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Source: Assyrian International News Agency (AINA) (AINA) - This morning masked men gunned down Father Mina Cheroubim, pastor of the Coptic Orthodox church, as he left his church building in el-Arish North Sinai, 344 kilometers northeast of Cairo. Yesterday Muslims attacked Coptic inhabitants in the village of Nag Hassan, Dabayaa, in Luxor province. This attack was prompted by news that allegedly four Copts killed 45-year-old Muslim H. Hefny, whose body was found near the river. The attack … [Read more...]

Egypt’s Copts again under attack, but ex-nuncio sees positive strides

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Source: Catholic World News Egypt’s Christian minority suffered two more violent assaults during the past week, with bombings at Coptic Orthodox churches in two different towns. A mob of Muslim militants attacked the church of St. Mary in Alexandria, setting fires and shattering windows with Molotov cocktails. In the village of Menbal another Muslim gang broke into a Coptic church, threw stones, and looted nearby shops owned by Christians. In both cases, the confrontations were traced to … [Read more...]

[UPDATED] Patriarch of Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria meets with Pope Francis in the Vatican

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Source: Vatican Information Service [UPDATED - See Related Story at bottom of article] Vatican City, 8 May 2013 (VIS) - From 9 to 13 May, His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark, head of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt, will come to Rome to meet with His Holiness Pope Francis. The Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt has about ten million faithful. This large membership makes the Coptic Church one of the most important elements in the … [Read more...]

Even in desert retreat, monks feel Egypt’s turmoil

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Source: U.S. News & World Report By HAMZA HENDAWI, Associated Press ST. ANTHONY'S MONASTERY, Egypt (AP) — In a cave here high in the desert mountains of eastern Egypt, the man said to be the father of monasticism took refuge from the temptations of the world some 17 centuries ago. At the foot of the mountain, the monks at the St. Anthony's Monastery bearing his name continue the ascetic tradition. But even this remote spot is touched by the turbulent times facing Egypt's Christians, … [Read more...]

After latest violence, Egypt’s Coptic Christians say it’s the same old story

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Source: Global Post The leader of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church has criticized President Mohammed Morsi for the way he has handled the recent Christian-Muslim clashes, which have killed eight people in the last week.  This is the fifth in a series of posts about dwindling Christian communities in the Middle East. CAIRO — For 21-year-old Rojeh Reda, a Christian living in Cairo’s working-class district of Shubra, the recent rash of sectarian violence in Egypt feels like a movie he’s … [Read more...]

Egypt foils attack on Coptic Orthodox church

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Source: The Telegraph Egyptian troops foiled a bomb attack on a church in the frontier town of Rafah timed to coincide with Coptic Orthodox Christmas, the authorities said on Monday. By Richard Spencer, Cairo Army units received a tip-off about the attack, and in the early hours of Monday morning, Coptic Christmas Day, discovered a Toyota car packed with explosives and weapons near the church, according to the state news agency. Another car driven by masked men then sped off. A … [Read more...]

Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church to take part in constitutional poll

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Source: Ahram online Pope Tawadros II says Egypt's Coptic Church will not push its congregants to vote either 'yes' or 'no' in upcoming referendum on draft constitution At a Thursday meeting with the Council of Catholic Churches in Egypt, Pope Tawadros II, head of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church, said that Christians in Egypt enjoyed "complete freedom" to participate in the upcoming constitutional referendum, stressing that Copts should "go and vote." Tawadros II also stressed at the … [Read more...]

Tense atmosphere, the meeting between Patriarch Tawadros II and leaders of the Egyptian Catholic Churches has also been postponed

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Source: Agenzia Fides Cairo (Agenzia Fides) - The meeting announced by the new Coptic Orthodox Patriarch Tawadros II with a qualified Egyptian delegation of the Catholic Churches - which would have also provided the opportunity to agree on a common position before the emergency which the Country is crossing - has been postponed to December 11. A reason for postponing is due to the tension that reigns throughout Egypt and especially in the capital, after the constitutional decrees with which … [Read more...]

New pope installed to lead church in Islamist-run Egypt

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Source: Reuters By Yasmine Saleh CAIRO (Reuters) - The Coptic Orthodox church staged a ceremony rich in ritual on Sunday to install its pope, Tawadros II, who Christians hope will guide them through the new, Islamist-led Egypt. The 60-year-old pope was picked on November 4 and the ceremony on Sunday filled with incense, elaborate robes and chanting marked his formal ascendance as the 118th leader of the church. Coptic Christians, whose church predates the arrival of Islam in … [Read more...]

Islamists occupy church land in Egypt to protest Coptic pope’s comments

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Source: Catholic World News With police looking on, a crowd of 100 Muslim extremists occupied land belonging to a Coptic Orthodox diocese after Pope Tawadros II, the church’s new head, announced his opposition to the imposition of Islamic law in Egypt. The occupation lasted for over a day. “By seizing land that belongs to the Diocese of Shubra al-Kheima, Salafists are sending a warning to the new Coptic patriarch, Tawadros II," said Father Rafic Greiche, spokesman for the Catholic Church … [Read more...]