Coptic Christian Girl Shot Dead in Egypt

  Middle East Correspondent - 10/8/13 CAIRO, Egypt, August 9, 2013 (Morning Star News) – A Coptic Christian girl walking home from a Bible class at her church was shot and killed this week in Cairo by an unidentified gunman, human rights activists said today. Amid a near-constant din of threats and scattered attacks against the Christian population ...

Coptic Christian church destroyed by Egypt looters

18/7/13 There has been a string of attacks on Christians in different provinces in Egypt since Mohammed Morsi was forced from office, with Coptic Christians saying they have been singled out for campaigning against him. In the village of Dalga, near the central Egyptian city of Minya, a church was looted and destroyed and the priest, Father ...

Egypt: Coptic Christian Priest shot dead

Martyred Coptic Priest - Fr. Mina Aboud Sharween

By Chris Irvine - 6/7/13 A Coptic Christian priest in Egypt's Northern Sinai has been shot dead, in what could be the first sectarian attack since the military overthrow of Islamist Mohammed Morsi. The priest, Mina Aboud Sharween, was attacked in the early afternoon while walking in the Masaeed area in El Arish. The shooting in the coastal city was ...

The Kidnapping of Coptic Girls

 Frank Crimi -8/3/13 When a rumor circulated last week that a Muslim woman in the southern Egyptian city of Kom Ombo had been forcibly converted to Christianity, a mob of Muslims felt compelled to riot, attacking and firebombing the city’s local Coptic Christian church. The rioting in Kom Ombo had begun when local Muslim residents believed a missing ...

Coptic Church attacked in Libya’s Benghazi: ministry

Libyan officials have condemned a Thursday attack on a Coptic Christian church in Benghazi. Here, Copts attend a service in the Church of St. Barbera in Cairo, Egypt.

4/3/13 Libyan officials condemn an attack on a Coptic Church that threatened two priests. Libya's foreign ministry on Sunday expressed concern over an attack on a Coptic Christian church in the eastern city of Benghazi late last week, according to Reuters, citing the country's LANA news agency. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation's Sunday statement "strongly condemned ...

AP Interview: Egypt’s Coptic Christian pope delivers measured criticism of Islamist government

By HAMZA HENDAWI |  Associated Press 7/2/13 Egypt's Coptic patriarch delivered a cautious but unusually sharp criticism of the nation's Islamist leadership in an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday, dismissing the new constitution as discriminatory and rounds of national dialogues sponsored by the president as meaningless. Pope Tawadros II's dive into politics came as he ...

Sectarian unrest grips Egypt, Islamists try to storm Coptic church

By  Haggag Salama - 20/1/13 Police fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of Muslim protesters trying to storm a Coptic Christian church in southern Egypt on Friday, after a word spread that a Christian man sexually assaulted a 6-year-old girl. Witnesses in Marashda village in the province of Qena said several shops and cars owned by Coptic Christians ...

Six expat Copts receive death penalty sentence for anti-Islam film

Ahram Online -28/11/2012 Court orders death penalty for 6 Coptic Egyptians, who reside abroad, over controversial anti-Islam film. The state security court issued a verdict on Wednesday sentencing six expatriate Coptic Egyptians to the death penalty for offending the Islamic faith, on charges related to producing the anti-Islamic film 'The Innocence of Muslims'. Bishop Marcus of the Coptic Orthodox ...

Christians in Egypt Remember the Massacre One Year Ago

Matthew Clark 12/10/2012 One year ago, dozens of Christians were murdered in Egypt as the nation’s military carried out a brutal massacre. Coptic Christians were peacefully protesting the government’s failure to take any action against a Muslim militia which had burned down a church. Egypt’s military fired on the crowd, running over civilians with their tanks. Yesterday, Christians ...

Egypt frees 2 Coptic Christian boys held for defiling Quran

6/10/2012 CAIRO - The Egyptian authorities yesterday released two Coptic Christian boys taken into in juvenile detention for allegedly urinating on the Quran but they will remain under investigation, a security official said. Even as news spread that the boys would be freed, their village remained tense. According to priest in the village, located in the province of ...

Canadian Coptic Christian demands police protection, says he fears for his life

The Canadian Press 22/9/2012 TORONTO - A Canadian Coptic Christian says he fears for his life and wants police protection after Egypt issued an arrest warrant for him, alleging he was involved in a controversial film. Nader Fawzy, one of two Canadians named in Egyptian warrants in connection with the film "Innocence of Muslims," says he doesn't feel ...

Coptic Christian church condemns film, fearing backlash

13/9/2012 WASHINGTON: The Coptic Christian church condemned the film that has triggered violent protests in Muslim countries on Wednesday, reflecting fears of a backlash after Copts were blamed for promoting the film. The film enraged protesters in Cairo who stormed the embassy on Tuesday and was also linked to the later attack on the US consulate in ...

Coptic Christian defends accepting role on Egypt presidential advisory team

Ahram Online 28/8/2012 Samir Morcos, a Coptic Christian scholar and writer, rejects criticism that his position on President Morsi's advisory team is merely symbolic. Egypt's newly appointed presidential assistant, Samir Morcos, has denied the position is symbolic and designed to fill a quota of Coptic Christians on Mohamed Morsi's advisory team. Morcos, who previously headed the Masry Foundation for ...

Coptic Christian, woman among Mursi assistants

28/8/2012 CAIRO Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi named a liberal Christian, a hardline Islamist and a woman as assistants on Monday as he sought to reach out beyond his power base in the Muslim Brotherhood to rival groups. Mursi’s appointments, announced just before he left for China on a key trip abroad, were seen as a balancing act ...

Pope Shenouda exhibition opens in Cairo

Nevine El-Aref 16/8/2012 Abbaseya Cathedral hosts exhibition charting life of Coptic Christian Pope Shenouda III, who died in March 2012. Christians have long flocked to Cairo’s awe-inspiring Abbaseya Cathedral to pray and attend religious services. They will now be joined by Muslims wanting to see the personal belongings of Pope Shenouda III, the 117th Coptic pope and ...

President-elect Morsi receives acting pope of Egypt’s Coptic Church

  Ahram Online 26/6/2012 New Islamist president-elect receives acting head of Coptic Church, says he will not countenance 'condescension' to Egypt's Coptic-Christian community. Mohamed Morsi, Egypt's new Islamist president-elect, received a delegation on Tuesday from Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church, including acting pope Anba Bakhomious. During the meeting, held to congratulate Morsi on his recent electoral victory, Bakhomious told the president-elect ...

Coptic Christians Praying for Egypt’s Believers

25/6/2012 A Coptic Christian leader in the United States and his flock are praying for fellow believers in Egypt. Bishop David of the Coptic Christian Association of North America said he's hopeful Mohammed Morsi will allow Christians to worship freely. Most Copts supported the secular candidate out of concern that the Muslim Brotherhood will institute strict Islamic law. In ...

14 candidates run for the Coptic Christian Papal Seat

Interim Coptic pope Bishop Bakhomious at church press conference on presidential elections (Photo: Bassam El-Zoghby)

1/5/2012 A Coptic legal advisor announces that 14 bishops and priests from Egypt and abroad have nominated themselves for the papal chair, and that there may be a change in the lot system that makes the ultimate decision. Maged Riyad, legal consultant to the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United States, announced in a press conference in ...

Overcrowding at Coptic pope’s viewing leads to 3 deaths, dozens of injuries

A woman faints as crowds converge on Saint Mark's Coptic Cathedral in Cairo's al-Abbassiya district, March 18, 2012

From Mohamed Fadel Fahmy, For CNN 19/3/2012 Cairo (CNN) -- Overcrowding inside a cathedral where Coptic Christians had gathered to pay last respects to their pope caused a stampede that left three people dead and more than 50 injured, a health official said. Coptic Pope Shenouda III, who led the Coptic community for more than four decades, died ...

Amid violence, Egypt’s Christians rely on Muslim friends, worry about future

Christians pray for an end to the violence (Photo by Gorkems)

Rob Kerby, Senior Editor 12/3/2012 Burned-out rubble is all that’s left of Christian shopkeeper Abskharon Suleiman’s appliance store in the northern Egyptian village of Sharbat. His home was destroyed as well as shops owned by his adult children – all targeted because they are Christians. Ten-year-old Romany Rashed remembers being terrified during the attack. The fourth grader told ...