Egypt’s Coptic Christians Fairing Better Under Al-Sisi

By Ellen Teague http://www.thetablet.co.uk - August 2014 The situation of Coptic Christians in Egypt has improved since the 2013 military overthrow of Islamist President, Mohammed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood. This is the finding of a report that appeared on the website of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem on 7 August. "The handing of power to General Sisi brings about ...

Clashes after funeral of Egypt Coptic Christians

7/4/13 CAIRO: Clashes broke out on Sunday outside the Egyptian capital's Coptic cathedral after funeral prayers were held for four Christians killed in sectarian clashes, witnesses said. They said the mourners who were chanting against the ruling Muslim Brotherhood were pelted with stones as they came out of the cathedral. In a statement, the interior ministry said "a number of ...

President-elect Morsi receives acting pope of Egypt’s Coptic Church

  Ahram Online 26/6/2012 New Islamist president-elect receives acting head of Coptic Church, says he will not countenance 'condescension' to Egypt's Coptic-Christian community. Mohamed Morsi, Egypt's new Islamist president-elect, received a delegation on Tuesday from Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church, including acting pope Anba Bakhomious. During the meeting, held to congratulate Morsi on his recent electoral victory, Bakhomious told the president-elect ...

Pope urges high turnout for Egypt parl’t polls

11/11/2011 CAIRO - The head of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church Pope Shenuda III urged the nation's Christians to turn out in force for the forthcoming parliamentary elections and practise their political rights. Pope Shenuda called on the Copts to ensure a high turnout in the polls for the lower house of the Egyptian Parliament on November ...

Coptic pope cancels ordainment anniversary over Maspero violence

Emad Khalil 31/10/2011 The head of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church, Pope Shenouda III, has decided to cancel celebrations marking the 40th anniversary of his ascension to the post, a church source told Al-Masry Al-Youm. The pope canceled the event, scheduled for 14 November, over the death of 27 people - mostly Coptic protesters - in the violence that ...

Egypt Coptic church decries attacks on Christians

By MAGGIE MICHAEL The Associated Press 10/10/2011 CAIRO — Egypt's Coptic church blasted authorities Monday for allowing repeated attacks on Christians with impunity as the death toll from a night of rioting rose to 26, most of them Christians who were trying to stage a peaceful protest in Cairo over an attack on a church. The spiritual leader ...

Muslims attack Egypt Coptic church as sectarian Violence Continues

Manar Ammar and Joseph Mayton 30/9/2011 CAIRO: Tension between Muslims and Copts is blazing in the southern town of Edfu after two residential buildings were set on fire, eye witnesses from the town said Friday. The clashes started early Friday after a group of Muslim men surrounded the Mare’e Girgues church in opposition to construction expansions happening ...

Pope’s sermon ignores Second Marriage Controversy

Emad Khalil 28/07/2011 The head of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church, Pope Shenouda III, in his weekly sermon on Wednesday ignored Christians' mounting demands for the right to divorce and remarry. The sermon, instead, dealt with the issue of infidelity and family devotion. Earlier this month, Christians staged a number of protests in front of the papal office in Cairo, ...

Egyptian president pledges to protect Coptic Christians in face of al-Qaida Threats

By The Associated Press (CP) 7/11/2010 CAIRO — Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has assured the country's Coptic Christians the government will protect them in the face of al-Qaida threats. Al-Qaida's front group in Iraq has threatened to attack Christians unless Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church releases women the terror group claims the church is holding captive for converting ...

Don’t confess sins over the phone: Coptic Pope

AFP - The head of Egypt's Coptic church has urged his congregation to refrain from confessing their sins over the phone, which could be tapped by the security services, a newspaper reported Tuesday. "Beware not to admit your sins over the telephone because all phone conversations are recorded by the state security services," Pope Shenuda III ...