Ethiopian Orthodox Patriarch to visit Egypt Saturday

Source: World Bulletin Visit to strengthen ties between the churches of the two countries. Ethiopia and Egypt are in the middle of diplomatic rapprochement following tension over the building of a multi-billion dollar hydroelectric project Addis Ababa is building on the Nile. Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church Abune Mathias is set to leave for Cairo on Saturday on a visit to Egypt. "The visit will further strengthen existing relation between the churches of the two countries … [Read more...]

Sisi becomes first Egyptian leader to attend mass at Coptic church

Source: The Jerusalem Post By ARIEL BEN SOLOMON Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi became the first president to attend mass at a church in Cairo, on the Coptic Christmas Eve. The short visit on Tuesday night came after masked men shot and killed two Egyptian policemen earlier in the day as they stood guard at a Coptic Christian church in Minya, 220 km. south of Cairo. “It was necessary for me to come here to wish you a Merry Christmas, and I hope I haven’t disturbed your … [Read more...]

Muslims raid, demand jizya from ancient St. Catherine’s Monastery on Sinai

Source: Jihad Watch by Robert Spencer UPDATE October 22: It seems that the report below from Pravoslavie is inaccurate. I have just received this from Moustafa Elqabbany, Assistant Director of the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre in Amman, Jordan: I am in communication with people who personally know the monks in Sinai. Fr. Justin writes: “Thank you for your e-mail. Many have written us about the recent reports that have been appearing in the news. Everything remains peaceful … [Read more...]

American Christians Pledge Solidarity With Persecuted Christians in Egypt, Iraq and Syria

Source: Assyrian International News Agency (AINA) By Nina Shea | Fox News On Wednesday, May 7, history is being made. On behalf of the suffering churches of Egypt, Iraq and Syria, a broad array of American Christians, with a degree of unity rarely seen since the Council of Nicaea in 325, have joined together in a "pledge of solidarity and call to action." In the "We the People" tradition, the pledge is a grass roots effort, with input from many sources. It is being released publicly on … [Read more...]

Pledge of Solidarity for Egyptian, Iraqi, and Syrian Christians and Other Small Religious Communities

Source: Congressman Frank Wolf   UPDATED MEDIA ADVISORY  AMERICAN CHRISTIAN LEADERS “PLEDGE” TO STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH IMPERILED CHRISTIAN AND OTHER RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES IN EGYPT, SYRIA AND IRAQ  Press Conference 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 7, 2014 234 Cannon House Office Building  Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) and Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA), co-chairs of the bipartisan Religious Minorities in the Middle East Caucus, will host a press conference at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 7 on … [Read more...]

Retired army general wants Egypt’s St. Catherine’s Monastery demolished

Source: Ahram Online Ahmed Ragai Attiya says that the historic UNESCO site in South Sinai poses a threat to Egypt's national security, after the monks turned it into 'a place for foreigners' by Sherry El-Gergawi A retired army general says he has filed a court case pushing for Egypt's historic Saint Catherine's Monastery to be demolished and its Greek monks deported on the grounds that they pose a threat to national security. In May 2012, Ahmed Ragai Attiya obtained 71 administrative … [Read more...]

Egypt’s Two-Front War for Democracy

Source: The New York Times By ALAA AL ASWANY [November 10, 2013] Cairo — Mariam Ashraf was an eight-year-old Coptic girl. On Oct. 20, she went with her family to the Church of the Virgin, in Cairo, for a relative’s wedding. She was thrilled with her new hairstyle and the new white dress her mother had bought for the occasion. She stood on the street outside the church with other guests waiting for the bride and groom to arrive. Then a motorbike sped by. On it were two men who opened fire … [Read more...]

Church repairs will cost EGP 190m: Pope Tawadros of Egypt

Basil El-Dabh Coptic Orthodox Church anticipates a return to stability for the country Source: Daily News - Egypt After a preliminary survey of damage inflicted in sectarian violence, an estimated cost of EGP 190m will be required for restoration, said head of the Coptic Orthodox Church Pope Tawadros II. The committee consisted of members of the Church and the military’s Engineering Authority. The estimate was presented to the Engineering Authority, according to the pontiff during … [Read more...]

Coptic Bishop Escapes Assassination Attempt in Egypt

Source: Assyrian International News Agency (AINA) By Mary Abdelmassih (AINA) -- Bishop Anba Makarios of Minya was the target of an unsuccessful assassination attempted this morning. The Bishop was driving into the town of el-Sario in Abou Qorqas, Minya province, when his car came under a hail of bullets from several unidentified persons. The Bishop's driver was able to drive away and he brought the Bishop to the home of a local Copt, where the Bishop took refuge. But the gunmen followed, … [Read more...]

Mount Sinai monastery latest victim of Egypt’s upheavals

Source: The Guardian Patrick Kingsley and Marwa Awad in Cairo Closure of St Catherine's monastery due to security concerns has devastated tourist trade of nearby town named after it One of the world's oldest monasteries has been forced to close its doors because of the deteriorating security situation in Egypt, devastating the economy of the remote surrounding area, it has emerged. St Catherine's monastery was built by order of the Emperor Justinian I, who reigned from 527 to 565, on … [Read more...]

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