Remnants of unity left to smoulder in Egypt’s Coptic churches

Bishop-General of Minya Anba Macarius is calling on the state to protect Coptic churches from growing violence directed at Christians. Photo: Virginie Nguyen Hoang

Ruth Pollard Middle East Correspondent - 20/8/13 Minya,  Egypt: A lone worshipper stands in the blackened  ruins of the El Amir Tadros Church, quietly weeping at the destruction around  her. Children's Bibles lie in a charred pile at the entrance, while inside,  exploded glass, wood and tiles crunch underfoot. The church, which for more than a century has provided ...

World pays tribute to Pope Shenouda

Mourning: the body of Pope Shenouda III in state (above, left) observed by the faithful PA

Gerald Butt Middle East Correspondent 22/3/2012 MEMBERS of the ruling military council and cabinet ministers from Egypt, as well as Christian and Muslim representatives from around the world, attended the funeral on Tuesday of Pope Shenouda III, the head of the Coptic Orthodox Church, who died last Saturday, aged 88. The Cathedral of St Mark in Cairo was ...

Easter cancelled in Syria

By Richard Spencer, Middle East Correspondent 21/4/2011 Good Friday and other Easter processions and festivals have been cancelled across Syria as street unrest boils over into violence. The country's Christian population has been forced to abandon its usually colourful and exuberant commemorations because of the number of "martyrs" who have died and the "bad situation", a senior church ...