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 ...

Copts detained in Libya released early, say church sources

MENA – 12/4/13 Libya has reportedly released four Egyptian Copts who had been imprisoned for over a month on charges of proselytizing, said on Thursday sources from the Coptic Orthodox Church. The four suspects were allegedly acquitted on all charges. The sources said that the suspects had been scheduled to be released next Tuesday, but the Libyan authorities ...

Egyptian Copts celebrate Easter in Jerusalem

28/3/13 CAIRO (Ma'an) -- Fifty Egyptian Coptic Christians left Cairo for Israel on Thursday to celebrate Easter in Jerusalem, an Egyptian security official said. Several flights are scheduled between Cairo and Tel Aviv to bring Christian worshipers to Jerusalem for Easter. It is the second year that Egyptian pilgrims have celebrated Easter in Jerusalem since the 1979 peace ...

‘Jesus was married’ claim a ‘forgery’

22/9/2012 London: Historical experts have slammed claims made in a newly discovered ancient papyrus, which suggests that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene, describing the fragment as “suspicious” and “a forgery.” The antique attracted worldwide attention because of a bombshell phrase written in Egyptian Coptic that says Jesus refers to Magdalene as “my wife” when speaking to ...

Egyptian Coptic teacher arrested for insulting Islam on Facebook: report

Al Arabiya 2/8/2012 An Egyptian teacher was detained after being accused of posting cartoons on Facebook allegedly insulting Islam, Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) and Islamist President Mohammed Mursi, an Egyptian daily reported on Tuesday. A Coptic-Christian teacher from the southern Egyptian Governorate of Sohag, Bishoy Kamel, was arrested on Monday for sharing the cartoons on a Facebook page, the ...

Azazeel by Youssef Ziedan, translated by Jonathan Wright – review

Egyptian Coptic church has been upset by the novel's portrayal of St Cyril. Maya Jaggi 4/5/2012 Even before Azazeel won the International Prize for Arabic fiction (or "Arabic Booker") in 2009, copies of the novel were piled high at Cairo's pavement booksellers. Its unusual setting in early Christian, pre-Islamic Egypt fuelled interest, along with its teasing literary frame, ...

18 million Egyptian Coptic Christians not safe. Voice of Copts

7/10/2011 Washington DC: October 7, 2011. (PCP) Voice of the Copts strongly condemns the barbaric attack by Muslims of the Marinab Coptic Church located in Edfo, Aswan, in Upper Egypt, which resulted in its complete destruction while the military stood by and watched. Furthermore, we strongly condemn the brutal attack by military police of Copts protesting ...

Hundreds of Egyptian Coptic Christians protest in Cairo

English.news.cn 2011-10-05 CAIRO, Oct. 4 (Xinhua) -- Hundreds of Egyptian Christian Copts staged a sit-in on the road in front of the state TV building in downtown Cairo on Tuesday evening, demanding Aswan provincial governor Moustafa el-Sayed step down and a church be rebuilt in Marinap village in Aswan province. Copts rebuilt an old occasion building ...

Egyptian Coptic Church hails UAE efforts under Sheikh Khalifa

24/8/2011 WAM Abu Dhabi, Aug 24th, 2011 (WAM) -- The Egyptian Coptic Church has hailed the efforts of the United Arab Emirates under the leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to consolidate the values and principles of love, brotherhood and dialogue between all religions. This came during the Iftar ceremony which ...

Egyptian Coptic Youth Protect Cathedral During Pope’s Sermon

By Mary Abdelmassih 5-7-2011 (AINA) -- Egyptian police and armed forces were heavily deployed around St, Mark's Cathedral in Cairo yesterday as Coptic Pope Shenouda III delivered his weekly sermon to nearly 10,000 church members. The sermon was also attended by the media and Muslim journalists to show their opposition to the Salafis and the actions against ...

EGYPTIAN AND ETHIOPIAN CHURCHES DISCUSS NILE WATER CRISIS

4/4/2011 Sources from the Egyptian Coptic Church said its leader, Pope Shenouda III, is communicating with the Ethiopian church in an effort to help resolve the water crisis, which erupted after Ethiopia began constructing a Millennium Dam on the Nile. Sources said that a trip by the Pope to Ethiopia has been suggested. Bishop Morcos, head of the ...

Egypt Pope, al-Azhar Imam encourage Egyptians to Vote

By Mohamed Abdel Salam 19/3/2011 CAIRO: Head of the Egyptian Coptic Christian Church, Pope Shenouda II, returned to Cairo on Friaday after a 19-day medical trip to the U.S., where he was undergoing tests at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. Shenouda returned one day before the scheduled referendum on constitutional amendments. The Coptic Church had earlier expressed its ...

Monastery says six injured in army’s removal of its illegal Wall

24/02/2011 Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church has denounced the army's removal of a wall enclosing a desert monastery, which accused the army of "excessive violence" that injured six staff. The army removed the wall because the monastery had not obtained a license to build it, as required by Egyptian law. In a statement on Thursday, the church said that ...