Clashes between Muslims and Christians leave one dead and dozens injured in Egyptian city of Alexandria

18/5/13 One person died and dozens were wounded during clashes between Muslims and  Christians late Friday night outside a Coptic church in Egypt's second city,  state newspaper Al-Ahram reported, in the latest violent sectarian row in the  Muslim-majority country. A quarrel between two young men, one Christian and one Muslim, morphed into a family feud that sparked ...

Egypt’s pope says Copts are sidelined

Pope Tawadros II and Sheikh of the Al-Azhar University, Ahmed el-Tayeb, speak during their meeting in Cairo yesterday. El-Tayeb offered Easter greetings to the pope. Copts will celebrate Easter on May 5

27/4/13 Egypt’s Christians feel sidelined, ignored and neglected by Muslim Brotherhood-led authorities, who proffer assurances but have taken little or no action to protect them from violence, Coptic Pope Tawadros II said. In his first interview since emerging from seclusion after eight people were killed in sectarian violence between Muslims and Christians this month, the pope called ...

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 ...

Egyptian Christians losing sense of home

Charles M. Sennott 1/4/13 This is the third in a series of posts about dwindling Christian communities in the Middle East. CAIRO — Down the narrow warrens of the gritty neighborhood of Shoubra, past the bakeries and butcher shops adorned with pictures of the new Coptic pope and ancient martyrs and saints, the Church of the Virgin Mary ...

Coptic Papal Consecration (Snaps& Report)

        18/11/2012 - Associated Press The new pope of Egypt's Orthodox Coptic church was enthroned on Sunday in an elaborate ceremony lasting nearly four hours, attended by the nation's Muslim prime minister and a host of Cabinet ministers and politicians. Pope Tawadros II, 60, was elected Nov. 4, but the official enthronement ceremony was held Sunday at the ...

Coptic Christians remain in eye of the storm as protests subside

Charles M. Sennott 17/9/2012 Egypt’s minority Christians remain in the eye of the storm of anti-American unrest in Egypt and across the Middle East. After US authorities identified the key figure behind a crude film that denigrates Islam as a Coptic Christian of Egyptian origin living in Los Angeles, Copts in Egypt were bracing all weekend for sectarian ...

Coptic Christian church condemns film, fearing backlash

13/9/2012 WASHINGTON: The Coptic Christian church condemned the film that has triggered violent protests in Muslim countries on Wednesday, reflecting fears of a backlash after Copts were blamed for promoting the film. The film enraged protesters in Cairo who stormed the embassy on Tuesday and was also linked to the later attack on the US consulate in ...

Grand mufti: Morsy should address Copts’ fears

Al-Masry Al-Youm 27/06/2012 President-elect Mohamed Morsy should address the fears of his Coptic “brothers” and their problems on the ground, Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa said Wednesday. The mufti said Morsy alone would not be able to reform the country or address problems faced by average citizens, and that he needs nationwide support, according to statements published by Dar ...

Christians worried over having Islamist president

By Ramadan Al Sherbini, Correspondent 7/5/2012 Islamists' growing clout in Egypt in the wake of a popular revolt, which toppled long-standing president Hosni Mubarak in February last year, has triggered fears among the country's Christian minority. Cairo: Although the Church has announced it does not favour a certain contender in Egypt's coming presidential election, Marina Nadi, a Christian ...

Egyptian Christian, 17, gets three years in jail for Facebook cartoons that ‘insulted Islam’

4/4/2012 CAIRO- An Egyptian court on Wednesday sentenced a 17-year-old Christian boy to three years in jail for publishing cartoons on his Facebook page that mocked Islam and the Prophet Mohammad, actions that sparked sectarian violence. Gamal Abdou Massoud was also accused of distributing some of his cartoons to his school friends in a village in the ...

Egyptian Christians Seek Refuge In U.S. After Oppression Grows

Maged Daniel (right) fled Egypt with his wife and two children in October 2011, after oppression of Coptic Christians increased with the ouster of dictator Hosni Mubarak. (Credit: CBS)

22/2/2012 CHICAGO (CBS) – The fall of dictator Hosni Mubarak meant freedom for many Egyptians, but not for the nation’s Christian minority. It’s estimated more than 100,000 Christians fled the increased oppression in Egypt after Mubarak was ousted. CBS 2′s Derrick Blakley talked with newly-arrived Egyptian Christians who are now making Chicago their home. Maged Daniel, his wife ...

Pope Shenouda to invite Salafis to attend Christmas

Al-Masry Al-Youm Staff 28/12/2011 The Coptic Orthodox Church will send out invitations to presidential hopefuls and all political parties, including Salafi ones, to attend the Christmas holy mass on 7 January, a papal source told Al-Masry Al-Youm. The source said that Pope Shenouda III insisted on inviting both Muslim and Coptic Egyptians to the celebration. The same source added ...

Coptic pope bans political campaigning in Churches

1/11/2011 The head of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church, Pope Shenouda III, has given directives to prevent Coptic parliamentary candidates from using churches for their electoral campaigns. The pope called on Coptic candidates not to mix religion with politics or use religious slogans in their campaigns for the parliamentary elections set to start on 28 November. The number of ...

Snaps from Coptic Protest and Massacre in Cairo

Egyptian Christians march in Cairo during a protest against an attack on a church in southern Egypt , October 9, 2011. Nineteen people were killed in Cairo on Sunday when Christians, some carrying crosses and pictures of Jesus, clashed with military police, medical and security sources said, in the latest sectarian flare-up in a country in political turmoil.

10/10/2011 Several people have died in clashes between Coptic Christians and Egyptian security forces, in the worst sectarian violence since the uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak in February. The health health ministry said a total of 174 people were injured in violence during a Coptic Christian protest in central Cairo on Sunday, which saw a curfew ...

Fearing further clashes with Muslims, Copts end protest in Aswan

08/10/2011 Copts in the Upper Egyptian province of Aswan have ended their sit-in in front of the governorate’s building in protest against what they call the demolition of a church in Marinab village in Edfu. Eyewitnesses said that the protestors agreed to end their protest after negotiating with security officials in the province. The protesters feared ...

Religious violence, abuse growing – Study

AAP 10/8/2011 RELIGIOUS-linked violence and abuse rose around the world between 2006 and 2009, with Christians and Muslims the most common targets, according to a private US study released yesterday. "Over the three-year period studied, incidents of either government or social harassment were reported against Christians in 130 countries (66 per cent) and against Muslims in 117 ...

Pope criticizes Mubarak for handling of Sectarianism

Emad Khalil 11/07/2011 The head of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church on Monday slammed former President Hosni Mubarak’s regime for the way it handled sectarian issues, a church source said on Monday. Pope Sheounda III's remarks came during a Sunday meeting with European MPs and diplomats. The meeting discussed the political situation in post-revolution Egypt. The European delegation included German ...

The threat posed by religious violence in Egypt

By Editorial 12/5/2011 AMONG THE MORE heartening aspects of the peaceful revolution that toppled Hosni Mubarak was the way it brought together people from across Egypt’s social and religious spectrum. Muslims joined hands, literally and figuratively, with members of the country’s large Coptic Christian minority and stood together for democracy. So one of the most disheartening events since ...

Church Burned In Egypt Sectarian Clash

8/5/2011 At least six people are reported to have been killed and at least one church set on fire during clashes between Muslims and minority Christians in Egypt's capital Cairo. The clashes May 7 were reportedly sparked after conservative Muslims went to a church to demand that Christians release a woman whom the Muslims say had converted ...

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 ...