Islamists Warn Christians From Demonstrating to Topple Egyptian President

15/6/13 Mary Abdelmassih Assyrian International News Agency (AINA) -- The youth-led Tamarod (rebel) Initiative has collected more than their targeted 15,000,000 signatures calling for a no-confidence vote against President Mohammed Morsi and forcing early elections in Egypt, causing the ruling Muslim Brotherhood party and its Islamists partners to feel seriously threatened, say political observers. Millions are expected to ...

Ten Christians, One Muslim Killed in Sectarian Clashes in Egypt

Mary Abdelmassih - 7/4/13 Cairo (AINA) -- Clashes between Muslims and Christians erupted yesterday in the Al-Khosous district of Qaliubia province. According to reports, ten Coptic Christians and one Muslim were killed. The violence broke out after swastikas were drawn on the side of a mosque wall. The Muslims claimed the swastikas were drawn by Christian ...

300 Muslim Lawyers Storm Egyptian Court, Prevent Lawyers for Christian From Entering

By Mary Abdelmassih Assyrian International News Agency 16/3/2012 (AINA) -- More than 300 Muslim lawyers inside and outside a courthouse in the southern Egyptian province of Assuit today prevented defense lawyer Ahmad Sayed Gabali, who is representing the Christian Makarem Diab, from going into court. Mr. Diab was found guilty of 'Insulting the Muslim Prophet' and was scheduled ...

20,000 Muslims Attempt to Kill Pastor and Torch Church in Egypt

By Mary Abdelmassih 15/2/2012 Assyrian International News Agency (AINA) -- A mob of nearly 20,000 radical Muslims, mainly Salafis, attempted this evening to break into and torch the Church of St. Mary and St. Abram in the village of Meet Bashar,in Zagazig, Sharqia province. They were demanding the death of Reverend Guirgis Gameel, pastor of the church, who ...

Muslims in Egypt Burn Christian Homes and Shops, Attack Church

By Mary Abdelmassih AINA NEWS 20/1/2012 (AINA) -- A Muslim mob attacked Copts today in the Upper Egyptian village of Rahmaniya-Kebly, Nag Hammadi, Qena province, destroying and torching their homes, straw huts and shops, while chanting Allahu Akbar. No one was reported killed or injured (video). According to reports, security forces were present but did not intervene and ...

Egyptian Bishop Warns of Another Massacre in Nag Hammadi‎

By Mary Abdelmassih 31/12/2011 Assyrian International News Agency (AINA) -- Bishop Kyrillos, the Coptic Orthodox bishop of Nag Hammadi, received last week several threats of attacks to be carried out on churches in Nag Hammadi, either on New Year's Eve or Christmas Eve on January 6. "I do not want another Nag Hammadi Massacre to happen again," he ...

Coptic Christians Protect Monastery From Egyptian Army Assault

By Mary Abdelmassih 29/10/2011 AINA (AINA) -- Hundreds of Coptic Christians mobilized on Tuesday in front of the Monastery of the Virgin and St. John the Beloved, located on the Desert Road from Cairo to Ismailia. Although the Monastery has the necessary permits, the army had sent a message to the monastery that they would come on the ...

Egyptian Muslim Ring Uses Sexual Coercion to Convert Christian Girls: Report

Jackline Ibrahim Fakhry

By Mary Abdelmassih 7-13-2011 AINA (AINA) -- The number of Christian girls abducted and coerced into converting to Islam since the Egyptian "January 25 Revolution" has skyrocketed, according to Father Filopateer Gamil of St. Mary's Church in Giza. "More than two to three girls disappear everyday in Giza alone," he said. "The cases that are brought to public ...

Tensions Rise in Egypt Over Two Missing Christian Girls

By Mary Abdelmassih 6-26-2011 (AINA) -- Tension is escalating over the case of 14-year-old Nancy Magdy Fathy, and her 16-year old cousin Christine Ezzat Fathy, who have disappeared and allegedly converted to Islam. Many parties are being pulled into the row over their future, including Al Azhar, the Church, activists and lately Islamist organizations, which are threatening ...

Former Egyptian Interior Minister Accused of Collusion in Alexandria Church Bombing

Former Interior Minister Habib El Adly

By Mary Abdelmassih 6-4-2011 (AINA) -- The Egyptian attorney general has reopened the investigation into the bombing of the Two Saints Church in Alexandria on New Year's Eve, which killed 24 Copts and injured more than 90. On May 25 Coptic Church attorney Joseph Malak presented a petition to the Attorney General to reopen the investigations ...

Egyptian Copts Rally in Support of Church

By: Mary Abdelmassih 11/6/2010 Cairo (AINA) — Thousands of Christian Copts from all over Egypt rallied on Wednesday within the grounds of St. Mark Cathedral in Cairo during Pope Shenouda’s weekly sermon, to protest a recent court ruling ordering the Church to issue re-marriage permits for divorcees, a ruling deemed inconsistent with the doctrine of the Coptic Orthodox ...