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 ...

Twenty-three people have died in violent clashes between Coptic Christians and security forces in Egypt

AFP 10/10/2011 AT least twenty-three people have died in clashes between Coptic Christians and Egyptian security forces, in the worst sectarian violence since the uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak in February. The health health ministry said a total of 174 people were injured in violence during a Coptic Christian protest in central Cairo on Sunday, which saw a ...

Egyptian Churches: Copts are free to take part in Protests

Emad Khalil 28/07/2011 The Egyptian Orthodox, Anglican and Catholic churches said on Thursday that all Egyptian Christians are free to participate in demonstrations, calling on Muslims and Christians to put the interests of the country above all other considerations. “We hope Friday’s demonstrations will not feature any clashes,” said Andre Zaki, vice president of the Anglican Church. Meanwhile, two ...

Military rebuilding Coptic Church destroyed by Muslims

03/14/2011 The building will rise in the same place and be as big as the old one, this despite opposition from Muslim radicals. Cairo (AsiaNews) – The Egyptian armed forces have begun rebuilding the Saints Minas and George Coptic Church set on fire by Muslims in Soul on 5 March, sources, anonymous for security reasons, told AsiaNews. ...

Monastery says six injured in army’s removal of its illegal Wall

24/02/2011 Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church has denounced the army's removal of a wall enclosing a desert monastery, which accused the army of "excessive violence" that injured six staff. The army removed the wall because the monastery had not obtained a license to build it, as required by Egyptian law. In a statement on Thursday, the church said that ...