After Maspero: Have Egypt’s Christians reconciled with the military?

Tony Gamal Gabriel - 9/10/13 Fear of Islamist rule has driven many Christians to embrace the army, but some cannot forget the killing of dozens of Christian protesters at Maspero on 9 October 2011. As Coptic Orthodox Pope Shenouda III praised Egypt’s military rulers at Christmas mass in January 2012, Christian youth chanted “down with military rule” ...

Remembering the Maspero massacre: one year on

Daily News Egypt 10/10/2012 A closer look at the massacre, and the unserved justice The families of the Maspero massacre victims commemorated their lost loved ones this week. On Wednesday 3 October, they were invited by the church to attend a liturgy held by acting patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Pachomious, at St. Mark’s Cathedral in ...

Copts remember Maspero victims at Cathedral

4/10/2012 Basil El-Dabh Metropolitan Abba Pachomius: “We live in a new era of martyrdom.” The Coptic Orthodox Church held a liturgy on Wednesday at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Abbaseya. The service commemorated the protesters who died almost a year ago on 9 October 2011 and marked the next phase of the selection of a new pope. Banners with ...

Coptic Church criticises make-up of Egypt’s constituent assembly

Ahram Online 29/3/2012 In Thursday statement, Coptic Church blasts methods used to form constitution-drafting body, says constituent assembly fails to represent broad spectrum of Egyptian society. Egypt's Coptic Church on Thursday issued a statement criticising the system used to form Egypt's recently-established constituent assembly, tasked with drafting a new national constitution. Half the members of the 100-seat assembly were ...

Pope Shenouda III: Four decades of Coptic history

An Egyptian Christian woman grieves as she holds a poster of late Pope Shenouda III, the patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church who led Egypt's Christian minority for 40 years during a time of increasing tensions with Muslims, during his funeral at Mar Morqos, or St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, March 20, 2012. Arabic read " goodbye our dear Pope".

20/4/2012 Sherif Tarek Since the 1970s, Coptic history has been largely shaped by the towering figure of Pope Shenouda III, remembered for both keeping the peace and challenging the status quo. Having been pronounced dead on Saturday afternoon at 88, Pope Shenouda III ended an exceptionally hectic tenure that impacted Copts in many ways over more than four ...

SCAF announces general mourning on Tuesday for Pope Shenouda

Mohammed Hussein Tantawi- Chairman of the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces

Zeinab El Gundy 19/3/2012 Egypt's ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) announced on Monday a general day of mourning for Pope Shenouda III on Tuesday. The patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria died at the age of 88 on Saturday evening. The SCAF made the announcement in a statement it issued on Monday through ...

Copts mourn Pope Shenouda with eyes set on unclear future

19/3/2012 CAIRO: Just hours after his announced death on Saturday, thousands of inconsolable Coptic Christians flocked to the Cairo and Alexandria Cathedrals, uniting to mourn the death of a leader and “father” figure, Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria. Shenouda's body, dressed in a golden crown and formal robes, with a gold knobbed staff cradled on his shoulder, ...

Egypt’s Copts willing to support MB-led coalition

12/2/2012 Cairo: The patriarch of Egypt's Coptic Church has expressed willingness to support a new government led by the Muslim Brotherhood, days after the largest political party demanded that the incumbent military-appointed cabinet be sacked to make way for a coalition government. Pope Shenouda III of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria has expressed willingness to ...

Egypt: Islam: One year after the massacre of Christians in Alexandria, Egypt seeks a way forward

 Blood-spattered mural at Coptic Orthodox church in Egypt.

1/1/2012 The persecution against Christians mingled with violence against the Arab revolution. In a year more than 1000 dead, thousands injured, 1200 have lost one or both eyes, because the police shoot at eye level. One year has passed since the terrible massacre in the Church of the Two Saints, in Alexandria on New Year’s eve last ...

Egypt’s Copts view election with concern

Clashes between Egypt's Coptic Christians and government troops in October left at least 26 dead and 300 hurt  [EPA]

27/11/2011 Marginalised for years, Coptic Christians struggle to define their status as a new government takes shape. The fight for equal rights and political legitimacy has been a long one for Egypt's Coptic Christians. Their plight has become all the more complicated with recent developments in the country, and parliamentary elections scheduled for Monday might not be ...

Thousands march in commemoration of Maspero Victims

11/11/2011 Thousands marched from the Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Abbasseya to Tahrir Square Friday to commemorate those killed when the military brutally dispersed a Coptic-led march to the Maspero state television building on 9 October, leaving 28 dead. The march was initially called for by the Maspero Youth Union, a group of Coptic activists ...

Pope Shenouda rejects international investigation into Maspero Violence

MENA 21/10/2011 Pope Shenouda III, the head of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church, rejected demands by some families of victims of the Maspero violence on 9 October to open an international investigation into the issue, claiming that their mournful thoughts are causing them to make the request. The Church can not accept the demand given the current situation in ...

Pope Shenouda to meet families of Maspero Victims

20/10/2011 The head of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church, Pope Shenouda III, will meet Thursday with the families of Coptic protesters killed on 9 October during the violence that erupted outside the Maspero state TV building. The bloody events left at least 27 protesters and one army soldier dead, in addition to more than 300 inured. The clashes ...

Pope calls on SCAF to release Maspero Detainees

Emad Khalil 16/10/2011 Pope Shenouda III has demanded the release of all those detained during the violence that took place outside the Maspero building, said a source from the Coptic Orthodox Church. The demand came during Shenouda’s Sunday morning meeting at Saint Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral with representatives of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), who ...

Coptic Pope Shenouda calls Maspero victims ‘martyrs’, refutes SCAF story

Sherry El-Gergawi 13/10/2011 'Their blood does not come cheap,” Shenouda declares in Wednesday sermon devoted to Sunday's Maspero massacre, taking issue with military justification for death of 24 Copts. In his weekly sermon on Wednesday, Coptic Pope Shenouda III refrained from his usual practice of answering questions posed by members of his congregation. ''I apologise for not answering ...

Egypt military says soldiers didn’t intentionally kill Copts

Gen. Adel Emara, left, and Gen. Mahmoud Hegazi, members of Egypt's ruling military council, address a Cairo news conference about the deadly weekend clashes that left 22 Coptic Christians and three military police officers dead. (EPA / October 13, 2011)

By Amro Hassan, Los Angeles Times 13/10/2011 Generals' comments are first public statements by the military on clashes between Coptic Christian demonstrators, thugs and military police that left 22 protesters and three police officers dead. Reporting from Cairo— In an attempt to stem widening criticism of their grip on power, generals in Egypt's ruling Supreme Council of the ...

Live Updates: Protesters march from Coptic Hospital to Cathedral

10/10/2011 1:01 am: The funeral service is over. 12:56 am: The priest announces that all of the martyrs will be buried together in a collective Christian cemetary in 6 October City. A commotion errupts as the coffins are taken from the cathedral and crying mourners struggle to touch them. 12:40 am: The cathedral is full of mourners. The ...

Conference raises concerns over lingering discrimination against Copts

Rana Khazbak 12/09/2011 “Copts feel they are even worse off after the revolution, although they were hopeful it would bring equality. Some took the wheel of the revolution so that Christians are sidelined from the political scene,” said Naguib Gebrail, lawyer and director of the Egyptian Union of Human Rights Organizations (EUHRO) at a conference on Sunday. Gebrail ...

Coptic Church rejects US commission Report

Emad Khalil 29/04/2011 The Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt rejected the US Commission on International Religious Freedom's (CIRF) annual report, which condemned Egypt's lack of religious freedom. The church called on the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) and the government to solve Copts' problems internally without regard to the content of the American report. The report released ...

Copts welcome Easter amid hope, fear and determination to fight for Rights

Ekram Ibrahim 20/4/2011 In the midst of rising sectarian tensions, some Copts are considering fleeing the country while others opt to ready themselves to fight for social and political equality and emancipation The January 25 Revolution has succeeded in inspiring countless Egyptians and offering them hope of a new, egalitarian state. As Egyptian Copts celebrate Easter filled with ...

First Divine Liturgy in Soul village church since mob torching

Ekram Ibrahim 13/4/2011 *The word Mass in the original news item has been replaced by Divine liturgy, since Orthodox Churches do not use the term Mass to denote worship. Copts attend their first Liturgy in Two Martyrs’ Church in Soul village, which was burned in a sectarian attack last month. Copts attended today the Liturgy at 7:30am in ...