Militants Attack Coptic Christians in El-Minya : Several Dead and Dozens Injured

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John Anton (Special Correspondent in Cairo) - OCP News Service - 26/2/17 Cairo- Egypt: Militants attacked a bus carrying Coptic Orthodox Christian on their way to St. Samuel Monastery in the east of El-Minya governorate in Egypt on Friday 26th May 2017. At least 26 people were killed and many others are injured. A minibus and ...

Death Toll in Cairo Church Explosion Rises to 26

Sputniknews - 17/12/16 The number of the deaths in Tuesday terror attack on Coptic Church Complex in the Egyptian capital of Cairo rose to 26, with at least three more wounded still in critical condition, Egyptian media reported. CAIRO (Sputnik) — With a 70-year old victim succumbing to her injuries at the hospital, the number of the ...

Daesh Claims Responsibility for Attack on Cairo’s Coptic Cathedral

Sputniknews - 15/12/16 Daesh terrorist group claimed responsibility for an attack on Cairo Coptic Church Complex that killed dozens of people, Al Arabiya TV channel reported on Tuesday. CAIRO (Sputnik) — A strong blast hit the Coptic Christian cathedral complex in Cairo on Sunday, killing 25 people and wounding 49. This is the worst attack on Coptic ...

Romanian Patriarch sends message of compassion and solidarity after Cairo bombing

Aurelian Iftimiu - Basilica News Agency - December 2016 His Holiness Tawadros II, Pope and Patriarch of Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt Your Holiness, The news of the tragic terrorist attack on the morning of 11 December 2016 committed at the “Holy Apostles Peter and Paul” church of the Coptic community in Cairo, in which 25 people lost their lives ...

Coptic Shop Bombed by “Muslim Brotherhood”

Coptic Solidarity - Raymond Ibrahim - September 2015 The shop of a Coptic Christian located in Qena, Egypt, was bombed earlier this week and severely damaged. The first, failed attempt was caught by the shop’s security camera.  In it, a bearded Salafi looking man comes into the shop holding two bags.  He purchases nothing but surreptiously leaves one of the bags ...

Bomb Placed by Coptic Church Dismantled Before Exploding

Raymond Ibrahim - 1/7/15 A bomb was placed by a Coptic Christian church in Egypt, but security was able to dismantle it before it exploded earlier today. The bomb was placed adjacent to the building of the Virgin Mary Church in Helwan city, part of Greater Cairo.  It was reported immediately, and security came, effectively dismantling the explosive. Source:  

Egypt: Explosive Goes Off Next to Church

Raymond Ibrahim - May 2015 Coptic Solidarity A homemade explosive planted next to a Coptic Christian church was detonated around sunset on May 16. Although there were no human casualties at the St. George Church in Tamiya (Fayum governorate), as the church was mostly empty except for clergy, the church’s administrative offices and second floor glass was shattered, creating chaos and ...

Another Teenage Coptic Girl Vanishes

Raymond Ibrahim  - May 2015 Coptic Solidarity On May 2, yet another Coptic Christian girl vanished.  Marina Magdi Fahim, 17, disappeared after leaving her home around noontime and walking to an educational institution in the Hanofil region of Alexandria. She was not seen again.  Her family reported her disappearance to the authorities, which, according to a Coptic Christian bishop, seldom ...

Egypt’s Salafi Party Bans Christmas, Easter Greetings

Dr. Yunis Makioun

Raymond Ibrahim  - May 2015 During a recent interview on Egyptian television, the schizophrenic face of the Islamist parties was on full display. Dr. Yunis Makioun, head of the Al-Nour Party, the political wing of the Salafis, insisted that Islam commands Muslims to “protect”—a reference to their “dhimmi” status—and treat Coptic Christian minorities properly. Even so, according to Islam, said ...

Coptic Christian Priest’s Car Set Aflame

Raymond Ibrahim On February 17, “unknown persons” set fire to the parked car of Fr. Ayub Yusif, the priest of the Saint George Coptic Catholic Church in the village of Dalga, Minya, Upper Egypt. By the time authorities put out the fire, the car was completely charred (see pictured). Dalga has been the scene of many attacks ...

Drive-By Jihadis Murder Another Coptic Christian in Sinai

Coptic Solidarity - 27/2/15 - Raymond Ibrahim On February 23, another Coptic Christian man was fatally shot in al-‘Arish, Sinai, by members of the Islamic terrorist group, Ansar Bait al-Maqdis. Hani, the Coptic man, was in his shop when three terrorists drove by and opened fire on him; with bullets lodged in his head he immediately died. Earlier, on ...

Coptic Christian Mother Forgives, Prays for ISIS Slaughterers of Son

Kyrillos’ mother and other family member in mourning during interview

Raymond Ibrahim - 21/2/15 The mother of Kyrillos (Cyrus), one of the 21 Coptic Christians recently butchered by the Islamic State in Libya, said in a recent interview that she forgives the Muslim murderers of her son — since he is now “with his Lord” — and prays that they see the light and turn from evil. Said ...

‘Our Daddy is in Heaven’ — Daughters of Christian Family Slaughtered in Libya

One of the remaining daughters, in front of her parent’s wedding picture

Raymond Ibrahim - Janaury 2015 More information about the Coptic Christian family — mother, father, and daughter — killed in Libya continues to surface. In an interview with the mother’s brother, he explained how the murderers broke into the house in the middle of the night. They handcuffed and killed the father. Then they entered the ...

Easter: A Time of Joy, But Also Danger for Persecuted Christians

By April Thompson http://www.commdiginews.com - 20/4/14 DALLAS -- This year the liturgical calendars of the Eastern and Western churches coincide, and all of Christendom will celebrate Easter this Sunday, April 20. Christians often mark this most important holiday in Christianity with pageantry and by inviting non-Christians in their communities to join their celebrations. However, for believers who live in ...

Coptic Abductions and the Jizya Rationale

Raymond Ibrahim - April 2014 On March 26 in Egypt, an increasingly common scene took place.  Shenouda Riad Musa, a Coptic Christian man, was kidnapped by “unknown persons” who later called his family demanding one million Egyptian pounds for his release, roughly the equivalent of $150,000 USD, an exorbitant sum in Egypt. Such scenarios—Coptic children or adults abducted ...

Coptic Woman ‘Martyred for the Cross’ — ‘Body Torn’

Mary, the latest Christian martyr to be killed in Egypt

Raymond Ibrahim - 30/3/14 On his Twitter account, Coptic Bishop Raphaeil, who also serves as Secretary of the Holy Synod of the Coptic Christian Church, just wrote: Oh how lucky you are, Mary, you who are beloved of Christ.  They tore your body because of the Cross.  Yet they offered you the greatest service and gave you a ...

Coptic Christian Children: Kidnapped and Killed for Cash

Raymond Ibrahim 15/1/14 Yet another Coptic Christian child was recently kidnapped in Egypt.  Thirteen-year-old Cyril Rif‘at Fayiz was abducted in the Minya district by “unknown persons” who later called the child’s parents demanding one million Egyptian pounds, nearly the equivalent of $150,000 USD. This phenomenon—kidnapping and holding Coptic children captive for large ransoms—has become a regular feature of the ...

Gunmen kill 3 in shooting spree at Egyptian Coptic church

21/10/13 At least three people were killed, including an eight-year-old girl, and around 12 others wounded after unknown gunmen opened fire on wedding guests outside a Coptic Christian church in a suburb of the Egyptian capital on Sunday night. "There were two men on a motorbike and one of them opened fire," said Egypt's interior ministry. Coptic priest ...

Egypt gunmen open fire on Coptic Christian wedding in Cairo

21/10/13 Three people, including a girl aged eight, died when gunmen on motorcycles opened fire on a wedding party outside a Coptic Christian church in Cairo. At least nine others were wounded in the attack in Giza, officials said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Egypt's Coptic Christian community has been targeted by some Islamists who accuse the ...

Muslim Brotherhood Supporters Burning Coptic Christian Churches in Egypt

Leah Barkoukis -16/8/13 As the violence in Egypt intensifies, Coptic Christian churches have also been the target of attacks by Muslim Brotherhood supporters. In the past two days alone, there were nearly 40 incidents: Egypt's MENA agency said supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi set fire to the Prince Tadros church in the province of Fayoum, where three similar attacks occurred ...

‘Peaceful’ Brotherhood Protesters Torching Coptic Christian Churches

 Andrew C. McCarthy - 15/8/13 In the familiar pattern, the Western media are focused on the military raids against Islamic supremacists in Egypt but ignoring the latter’s use of violence and of women and children as human shields. After all, the “protesters” say they are “peaceful.” When not similarly ignored, Islamic supremacist aggression against Egypt’s Christians — which ...