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Violence Against Christian Copts in Egypt Continues Despite Fall of Muslim Brotherhood

March 27, 2014 Featured News

By Stoyan Zaimov Christian Post - 27/3/14 Violence in Egypt against Coptic Christians has continued despite the fall of former president Mohammed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood, with believers still facing abductions and the government seizing their property, the Board of Inquiry in Cairo reported. The report, according to  Fides News Agency, shows that Copts, who […]

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Visit of the I.A.O. delegation to Cairo

March 17, 2014 Featured News

Interparlimentary Association on Orthodoxy- Febraury-March 2014 The I.A.O. delegation consisted by Mr. Anastasios Nerantzis, Member oΕthe Hellenic Parliament, I.A.O. Secretary General, Mr. Sergei Popov, Member of the Russian State Duma, President of the I.A.O. General Assembly, Mr. Joseph Iskander, Member of the Parliament of Sudan, Member of the I.A.O. International Secretariat, Mr. Fuad Kokaly, Member […]

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Jizya-Vigilantes Target Christian Minorities

March 14, 2014 Featured News

Raymond Ibrahim - 14/3/14 In the al-Nafura region of Asyut, Egypt, an increasingly common scene took place earlier this month. Isaac Eli—a Coptic Christian—was abducted under threat of gunfire. According to sources, four “unknown persons” armed with automatic weapons came upon the Coptic wood merchant while he was working in front of his home, coerced him […]

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The Past and the Future

March 5, 2014 Featured News

Raymond Ibrahim - 4/3/14 Last November Raymond Ibrahim was interviewed by Egyptian reporter Sherif Awad.  The interview appeared in several Egyptian magazines and websites, as well as American ones, such as the Westchester Guardian.  The interview follows: Awad: Can you tell us about your family and their profession and how and why they decided to migrate […]

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Seven Christians Executed in Libya

February 26, 2014 Featured News

  Raymond Ibrahim – 26/2/14 Libyan authorities came across the slain bodies of seven Christian Copts in the region of Garutha, less than 20 miles west of Benghazi, on Monday afternoon. According to Libyan authorities, “The slain were killed by gunshots all over their bodies.” Pictures (reproduced above and below) confirm that the men were […]

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The Future Of Egypt’s Copts

February 19, 2014 Featured News

By Samuel Tadros – 19/2/14 http://www.eurasiareview.com The fall of the Mubarak regime in February 2011 unleashed a monumental and contagious wave of optimism. Images of Christians and Muslims holding hands in Tahrir Square were broadcast around the world and gave credence to the narrative that a new more liberal and democratic Egypt was being born. […]

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Bus Carrying South Korean Christian Tourists Bombed in Egypt

February 19, 2014 Featured News

Aaron Goldstein American Spectator – 19/2/14 Three South Korean tourists and a bus driver were killed in an act of terrorism when a bomb destroyed a tourist bus in Egypt near the Israeli border. Fourteen other tourists were injured by the blast. It is not clear whether the explosion was caused by a car or […]

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Kidnapped Christian girl freed by special services of Egypt

February 12, 2014 Featured News

February 2014 The security service of Egypt succeeded in freeing a Christian girl who had been kidnapped by a terrorist group, reports Linga with reference to its own source in the department. On February 2, head of the security service of muhafazah (one of the governorates of Egypt) Kena Muhammad Kamal received a report from […]

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Cairo, Coptic Orthodox church attacked- One dead

January 31, 2014 Featured News

31/1/14 Cairo ( AsiaNews) – A group of armed men yesterday afternoon attacked the CopticOrthodox Church of the Virgin Mary in the “October 6″ district of the governorate of Giza. Police responded to gunfire and one officer died in the shootout, while two others were injured. The residents were able to stop the car carrying the attackers and stop one […]

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The World’s Most Ancient Christian Communities Are Being Destroyed — and No One Cares

January 25, 2014 Featured News
August 26, 2013: Bishop-General Macarius (right), a Coptic Orthodox leader, walks around the damaged Evangelical Church in Minya, south of Cairo (REUTERS/Louafi Larbi).

By Michael Brendan Dougherty http://theweek.com - January 2014 Like many Coptic Christians in Egypt, Ayman Nabil Labib had a tattoo of the cross on his wrist. And like 17-year-old men everywhere, he could be assertive about his identity. But in 2011, after Egypt’s revolution, that kind of assertiveness could mean trouble. Ayman’s Arabic-language teacher told him to […]

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Gen. Sisi: ‘Religious Discourse Greatest Challenge Facing Egypt

January 18, 2014 Featured News

Raymond Ibrahim January 2014 According to Egyptian media,during his recent speech at the Dept. of Moral Affairs for the Armed Forces, Gen. Abdul Fateh al-Sisi—the man who ousted former President Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood in response to the June Revolution and who is seen as the nation’s de facto ruler—declared that “Religious discourse is the […]

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Coptic Christian Children: Kidnapped and Killed for Cash

January 18, 2014 Featured News

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 […]

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Popes of Alexandria Meet

January 8, 2014 Featured News

Januray 2014 His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa was in Cairo for the holy days of Christmas, to conduct the festal spiritual and Liturgical events as is Patriarchal custom. On the eve of the Great Feast, following the Divine Liturgy, His Beatitude received at the Patriarchal Vicariate the Scouts […]

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Egypt’s interim President visits Orthodox Church for the 1st time

January 7, 2014 Featured News

CAIRO, Jan 5 (KUNA) — Egypt’s interim President Adly Mansour on Sunday visited Cairo’s main Coptic Orthodox Cathedral to greet church leaders on Christmas, the first such visit to the church by an Egyptian leader. A Presidential statement said that Mansour stressed during his visit the need for harmony between Muslims and coptics for the […]

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Syrian rebels have taken iconoclasm to new depths, with shrines, statues and even a tree destroyed – but to what end?

December 28, 2013 Featured News

December 2013 Compared writing poetry to the sex act? May he be turned to dust! Eccentricity marks the path to heaven or hell. Take the Takfiri rebels trying to overthrow Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria. They have chopped off the heads of their enemies, eaten a few human entrails, massacred Christians and Alawites – the […]

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Egypt’s Coptic churches on alert during Christmas holidays

December 28, 2013 Featured News

Author Walaa Hussein Translator(s)Rani Geha December 2013 With the approach of Christmas celebrations, the Egyptian Church is tense in anticipation of violence and bombings against Coptic churches, similar to what happened when the Rabia al-Adawiya sit-in was broken up in August. The current tension is due to reports by Egyptian media outlets about a plot by Muslim Brotherhood militias […]

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Church condemns attack on Dakahliya Security Directorate

December 25, 2013 Featured News

25/12/13 The Coptic Orthodox Church condemned in a statement on Tuesday 24/12/2013 the “brutal terrorist attack” on the Dakahliya Security Directorate. The Church offered condolences to the families of the martyrs of the nation, praying to God to grant them patience and solace. The Church added in its statement that it prays every day to […]

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What the Middle East would be like without Christians

December 23, 2013 Featured News

Christa Case Bryant, Staff writer – 23/12/13 Bethlehem, west bank From Iraq to Syria to Egypt, Christians are under siege. How their faith – including at a Bethlehem church – sustains them and how their decline is altering the region. The pews at First Baptist Church of Bethlehem fill quickly as congregants stream in on […]

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UPDATE: Three dead in sectarian clashes in Minya

November 30, 2013 Featured News

Ahram Online – 30/11/13 A fight over the construction of a wall developed into violence in Upper Egypt. Three people were killed and several injured when sectarian clashes erupted late Thursday in the Upper Egyptian governorate of Minya, reported Al-Ahram’s Arabic website. According to a statement released by the Minya Coptic Orthodox Archbishopric, a fight […]

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Conflicting narratives of Egypt’s Minya sectarian violence

November 30, 2013 Featured News

Ahram Online – 30/11/13 Different stories have emerged to explain the sectarian violence that erupted in Minya on Thursday and Friday; official security sources say the conflict began with a Muslim girl found at the home of two Coptic boys. Sami Metwaly, security director for the governate of Minya, says the deadly violence that erupted […]

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