Amid new attacks, Egypt’s Copts preserve heritage

In this Thursday, Oct. 2, 2013 photo, Father Boutros gives the homily to his parishioners at a church burnt by radical Islamists on Aug. 14 in the town of Abanoub, some 400 kilometers (250 miles) south of Cairot. In a show of resilience, some have held Masses and weddings in churches that have been left blackened shells without doors or windows, with only a makeshift altar. Still, priests say, some regular worshippers have stayed away, too hurt to return and see the condition of the churches where they lived out milestones like weddings, baptisms and funerals. Photo: Manu Brabo, AP

  By HAMZA HENDAWI, Associated Press 17/10/13 THE RED MONASTERY, Egypt (AP) — Locked inside a 6th century church in a desert monastery are some of the jewels of early Christianity — ancient murals in vivid pinks, greens and reds depicting saints, angels and the Virgin Mary with a baby Jesus, hidden for centuries under a blanket of ...

Even In Desert Retreat, Monks Feel Egypt’S Turmoil

HAMZA HENDAWI, Associated Press - 20/4/13 ST. ANTHONY’S MONASTERY, Egypt — In a cave here high in the desert mountains of eastern Egypt, the man said to be the father of monasticism took refuge from the temptations of the world some 17 centuries ago. At the foot of the mountain, the monks at the St. Anthony’s ...

In troubled Egypt, Copts turn to beloved saint

By HAMZA HENDAWI Associated Press 16/11/2012 MAR GIRGIS MONASTERY, Egypt -- There was no mention of churches torched or Christians killed, but the prayer neatly written on a tiny piece of paper and placed atop an icon ofSt. George in the chapel of a desert monastery left no doubt about the growing fear and despair of Egypt's Coptic Christians. "Oh Lord, for ...