Coptic activist returns to Egypt for Maspero investigation

Coptic activist Michael Mounir

Manar Ammar 17/2/2012 CAIRO: Leading Coptic Christian activist Michael Mounir arrived back in Egypt on Friday after the prosecutor issued an investigation order for him and his name was put on a no travel list. Mounir, who was attending the Copts Abroad’s fourth convention in The Netherlands, said he cut his trip short and came home after he ...

Egypt’s Christians want political party

1/2/2012 Mohamed Abdel Salam CAIRO: A number of Coptic Christian activists said on Tuesday that they agreed on the need for the establishment of an independent political Coptic Council away from the influence of the Coptic Church, pointing to the continued policy of marginalization of the Coptic community in Egypt, especially after the revolution, and described ...

Syria’s Muslim, Christian clerics criticize rebels, sanctions

Weedah Hamza 10/1/2012 Beirut (dpa) – Syria’s top Muslim cleric on Tuesday called on the rebel army to lay down its weapons, while a leading Christian archbishop criticized Western sanctions against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. “I call on all those who have taken up arms to lay them down,” said Grand Mufti Sheikh Ahmed Badreddin Hassoun, ...

Egypt clashes between Muslim and Copts calmed, witnesses say violence into night

1/10/2011 CAIRO: Aswan’s governor denied the burning of a church in Edfu, in southern Egypt, on Friday and said there was no attack on the church since there is no church “but a Christian guest house,” adding that the situation has calmed and the clashes stopped. Governor Mostafa el-Said told Channel One, Egypt’s national TV channel, late ...

Muslims attack Egypt Coptic church as sectarian Violence Continues

Manar Ammar and Joseph Mayton 30/9/2011 CAIRO: Tension between Muslims and Copts is blazing in the southern town of Edfu after two residential buildings were set on fire, eye witnesses from the town said Friday. The clashes started early Friday after a group of Muslim men surrounded the Mare’e Girgues church in opposition to construction expansions happening ...

Egypt’s Christian ‘kidnappings’ highlight need for better Reporting

By Joseph Mayton 27/7/2011 CAIRO: Christian Solidarity International Board Member Michele Clark went to Congress last week to detail the abuse of Coptic women and girls in the country. Her testimony was likely to hit home with US lawmakers who have been bombarded with almost daily reports of the abuse met out to Egypt’s Christian minority at ...

Egypt Pope, al-Azhar Imam encourage Egyptians to Vote

By Mohamed Abdel Salam 19/3/2011 CAIRO: Head of the Egyptian Coptic Christian Church, Pope Shenouda II, returned to Cairo on Friaday after a 19-day medical trip to the U.S., where he was undergoing tests at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. Shenouda returned one day before the scheduled referendum on constitutional amendments. The Coptic Church had earlier expressed its ...