Christians angry as Saudi Grand Mufti calls for churches to be destroyed

Egypt's Copts at a service.

Joseph Mayton 16/3/2012 Christians across the Middle East are expressing anger and frustration after the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia said it is “necessary to destroy all the churches of the region.” In Cairo and Beirut, the anger was loudest, but also through their calls were gestures of tolerance. “I mean from a regular, end of the street ...

Egypt’s Coptic Christians’ uphill battle

Joseph Mayton 2/3/2012 CAIRO: Christians in Egypt are no strangers to sectarian violence, and even after the hopeful solidarity shown in the first waves of the January 25 Revolution, the past year has nonetheless witnessed a number of attacks on churches from the districts of Imbaba in Cairo to Aswan in the south. The governing Supreme ...

Egypt’s Copts protest “disappearance of girls”

A Coptic woman praying during church service. Photo by Joseph Mayton

Mohamed Abdel Salam and Joseph Mayton 29/2/2012 CAIRO: A number of Egypt Coptic Christian protesters organized a demonstration on Tuesday in front of Parliament to protest what they called “the disappearance and abduction of Coptic girls,” where the families of the missing girls took part in the protest organized by the Association of Victims of Abduction and ...

US preacher demands Obama act on “Muslim war against Christians”

Franklin Graham

Joseph Mayton 25/2/12 CAIRO: American preacher Franklin Graham called on US President Barack Obama to act on the “war on Christians” in the Islamic world being conducted by Muslims. Graham, the son of famous evangelist Billy Graham, made the comments in response to the ongoing case against a 34-year Iranian pastor who is threatened with execution for his ...

Egypt military uses violence with Coptic Christian Sit-in

Joseph Mayton 5/10/ 2011 CAIRO: Egypt’s military police have fired in the air in an attempt to disperse a few hundred Coptic Christians who had entered into a sit-in on Tuesday evening after marching through the streets of Cairo demanding their rights be heard. Protesters also told Bikyamasr.com early Wednesday morning that military police and others ...

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 ...