Christian Worship Is ‘Worse than Murder and Bloodshed’

Raymond Ibrahim - Coptic Solidarity - 22/12/16 For an idea on why Egypt’s Coptic Christians and their churches are constantly under attack—most recently last Sunday, when a church was bombed, killing at least 25 Christians—one need merely listen to the words and teachings of some of the nation’s Muslim preachers. Take Dr. Ahmed al-Naqib, for instance.  He has studied at ...

Daesh Claims Responsibility for Attack on Cairo’s Coptic Cathedral

Sputniknews - 15/12/16 Daesh terrorist group claimed responsibility for an attack on Cairo Coptic Church Complex that killed dozens of people, Al Arabiya TV channel reported on Tuesday. CAIRO (Sputnik) — A strong blast hit the Coptic Christian cathedral complex in Cairo on Sunday, killing 25 people and wounding 49. This is the worst attack on Coptic ...

Egypt Ties Attack on Coptic Church to Muslim Brotherhood in Qatar

Sputniknews - 15/12/16 The Egyptian Ministry of Interior suspects members of the Muslim Brotherhood who fled to Qatar of involvement in the terror attack on a Coptic church that killed 25 people, it said on Tuesday. MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to preliminary investigation, the attack was organized by 30-year-old Mohab Qassem, who traveled to Qatar in 2015 ...

Egypt and the Complexities of Keeping Christians Safe

Coptic Christians rallied in Cairo for religious tolerance (AP Photo).

By John L. Allen Jr. http://www.cruxnow.com - March 2015 Transcendent causes are often born of startlingly clear moral options. Yes or no to equality for African-Americans was the heart of the civil rights movement in the United States, for instance, just as yes or no to self-determination was the basis of decolonization across the developing world. As those causes ...

Coptic Christian Priest’s Car Set Aflame

Raymond Ibrahim On February 17, “unknown persons” set fire to the parked car of Fr. Ayub Yusif, the priest of the Saint George Coptic Catholic Church in the village of Dalga, Minya, Upper Egypt. By the time authorities put out the fire, the car was completely charred (see pictured). Dalga has been the scene of many attacks ...

2 Christians kidnapped Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula

17/6/14 CAIRO — Masked armed men, suspected to be Islamic militants, kidnapped two Coptic Christians in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula in two separate incidents, and clashes between Egyptian security forces and Islamist supporters of deposed president in the capital left one policeman dead on Monday, officials said. The abductions come as Egypt’s designated Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab is ...

Exiled Egyptian Christian Teacher Awaits ‘Blasphemy’ Appeal

By Joseph DeCaro http://www.worthynews.com CAIRO -- One year after Islamists in upper Egypt accused her of committing blasphemy in front of a class of Muslim students, a Coptic Christian teacher fled to France where she remains in exile, according to Morning Star News. Demyana Abd Al-Nour, a social studies teacher at the Sheikh Sultan Primary School in Al-Edisat, ...

Egypt’s Christians ‘Expecting Death Any Time’

By George Thomas http://www.cbn.com - 1/5/14 DELGA, Egypt -- On August 20, 2013 in the small village of Delga, four hours south of Cairo, Egypt, thousands of radical Muslims went on a rampage. "We were at work when we heard Muslims were burning churches," Boutrous, a Christian living in Delga at the time, said. Boutrous's real name was not ...

Muslim Brotherhood Slaughter Christian Woman

Raymond Ibrahim - 1/4/14 On Friday, March 28, in Ain Shams, a suburb of Cairo, rioting Muslim Brotherhood supporters attacked the Virgin Mary and Archangel Michael Coptic Orthodox Church, including by opening fire on it and setting parked cars aflame.  Four people died. One of the slain, a young Coptic woman, was savagely mauled and molested before being ...

Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood Supporters Attack Church, Four Dead

Raymond Ibrahim - 30/3/14 Among other forms of “retaliatory terrorism,” some 80 Christian churches were attacked in Egypt immediately after the June 30 Revolution, which saw the ousting of Muslim Brotherhood president Morsi. And now that Egypt has sentenced to death hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood supporters for the widespread terror they launched on the nation after the people’s ...

Violence Against Christian Copts in Egypt Continues Despite Fall of Muslim Brotherhood

By Stoyan Zaimov Christian Post - 27/3/14 Violence in Egypt against Coptic Christians has continued despite the fall of former president Mohammed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood, with believers still facing abductions and the government seizing their property, the Board of Inquiry in Cairo reported. The report, according to  Fides News Agency, shows that Copts, who make up close ...

The Past and the Future

Raymond Ibrahim - 4/3/14 Last November Raymond Ibrahim was interviewed by Egyptian reporter Sherif Awad.  The interview appeared in several Egyptian magazines and websites, as well as American ones, such as the Westchester Guardian.  The interview follows: Awad: Can you tell us about your family and their profession and how and why they decided to migrate to the ...

Cairo, Coptic Orthodox church attacked- One dead

31/1/14 Cairo ( AsiaNews) – A group of armed men yesterday afternoon attacked the CopticOrthodox Church of the Virgin Mary in the “October 6″ district of the governorate of Giza. Police responded to gunfire and one officer died in the shootout, while two others were injured. The residents were able to stop the car carrying the attackers and stop one handing ...

Coptic church wedding shooting kills four members of same family

Richard Spencer, Cairo - 22/10/13 Four members of the same family including girl cousins aged eight and 12 were killed and 19 others injured when a Coptic Christian wedding in the Egyptian capital Cairo was raked by gunfire. The attackers were wearing masks as they sped on a motorbike past the Orthodox Church of the Virgin Mary in ...

Egypt fails to stop revenge attacks on Copts

11/10/13 CAIRO - Egyptian security forces failed to stop revenge attacks against Coptic Christians after a deadly crackdown on supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in August, Amnesty International said on Wednesday. The London-based rights group said attacks targeted Christian churches, schools and charity buildings after the August 14 dispersal by security forces of two pro-Morsi camps ...

Orthodox Coptic bishop addresses bishops at plenary

Deborah Gyapong / Canadian Catholic News. SAINTE-ADELE, Que. (CCN)- 9/10/13 CCCB members hear about Mubarak regime and Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood Coptic Orthodox Archbishop Mina shared the plight of Copts and other Christians in Egypt with Canada's Catholic Bishops Sept. 23. "Living in Canada and experiencing freedom of religion is something people take for granted," Mina ...

Delga: after Islamist attacks, Liturgy is back

09/23/2013 Hundreds of Christian families who had fled the city attended the service in the small chapel located inside what is left of the Anba  Abraam monastery devastated by extremist attacks. The army liberated the village  on 18 September after more than a month of Islamist occupation. Minya (AsiaNews/Agencies) - Coptic Christians in Minya province are "taking ...

The planned destruction of Christians in Syria

Cliff Kincaid - 4/9/13 The New York Times story, "President Gains McCain's Backing on Syria Attack," is predictable, considering that Obama had invited Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to the White House for the specific purpose of supporting his proposed military strike on Syria. Obama has also asked the same two senators to travel ...

COPTIC CHURCH ATTACK Video Shows Muslim Mob Toppling Cross in Egypt

31/8/13 Newly-surfaced video from Egypt shows a Muslim mob storming a Coptic church, setting cars on fire and then toppling a cross atop the steeple, in a shocking attack that Christians say has been played out dozens of times since the ouster of Mohammad Morsi. The video, obtained by MidEast Christian News, was shot Aug. 14 from ...

Egyptian Christians return to worship in church destroyed by Muslim Brotherhood

20/8/13 Copts whose church was one of dozens destroyed by Muslim Brotherhood  supporters have returned to the charred house of worship, with their pastor  vowing the violence suffered by his flock will make them "better  Christians." "This will learn us to be better Christians," said Pastor Sameh Ibrahim of a  torched congregation in Minya, the capital of ...

Egyptian Christians attacked, dozens of churches torched

20/8/13 Nearly 40 churches across Egypt were looted and set ablaze, while 23 others were severely damaged in attacks over the last several days. It remains unclear who is behind the attacks, with both the Muslims Brotherhood and extremists being blamed. In one incident, the Archangel Michael Church, about 50  kilometers from Cairo, became the latest victim ...