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  • Exposed: Egypt’s Institutionalized Persecution of Coptic Christians

    05/06/2015 2:03:17 PM PDT · by detective · 4 replies
    Human Events ^ | May 6, 2015 | Raymond Ibrahim
    In a 25-minute interview on Arabic satellite TV with Dr. Mona Roman, Coptic Christian Bishop Agathon fully exposed the plight of his Christian flock in Minya, Egypt—a region that has a large Coptic minority that is steadily under attack.
  • 71 get life sentences for torching Christian church in Egypt

    04/29/2015 3:44:28 PM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    CNN ^ | 4/29/15 | Sarah Sirgany and Greg Botelho
    An Egyptian court has sentenced 71 people to life in prison for their role in the August 2013 burning of a Christian church in the Giza province village of Kafr Hakim, state news reports. The Virgin Mary Church was torched and looted by a mob, some of whom chanted against Coptic Christians and called for Egypt to become an "Islamic state," one of at least 42 churches and many more businesses and homes targeted that August, the advocacy group Human Rights Watch reports. Others attacked included St. George Church in Sohag, a city south of Cairo on the Nile River,...
  • The 'Gospel of Judas' [Rebuttal To Now Playing on CNN]

    03/15/2015 9:42:26 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 35 replies
    Catholic.org ^ | April 6, 2006
    The 'Gospel of Judas' 4/6/2006 Interview With Father Thomas Williams, Theology Dean ROME, APRIL 6, 2006 (Zenit) - The National Geographic Society has announced its intentions to publish an English translation of an ancient text called "The Gospel of Judas" later this month. The 31-page manuscript, written in Coptic, purportedly surfaced in Geneva in 1983 and has only been translated now. We asked Legionary Father Thomas D. Williams, dean of theology at the Regina Apostolorum university in Rome, to comment on the relevance of the discovery. Q: What is the "Gospel of Judas"? Father Williams: Though the manuscript still must...
  • The Case for a Christian State in the Middle East

    03/09/2015 5:04:20 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 7 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | March 9, 2015 | Joseph Puder
    The recent beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christian workers in Libya by Islamic State (IS) affiliates prompted a conversation with Joseph Hakim, President of the International Christian Union (ICU), an umbrella organization that seeks to secure the wellbeing and survival of Middle Eastern Christians. Hakim is a Lebanese-born Orthodox Christian and a proud American.
  • An Icon of the Coptic New Martyrs of Libya

    03/03/2015 6:52:29 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The New Liturgical Movement ^ | 2/25/15 | Gregory DiPippo
    I am sure that all of our readers are aware of the recent massacre in Libya of a group of Egyptian Copts, who were killed for their faith by Islamic terrorists. The Patriarch of Alexandria, His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, has officially recognized them as martyrs, and ordered that their commemoration be inserted into the Synaxarium; their feast will be kept on February 15th, the same day as the Presentation of the Lord in the Alexandrian Rite. The title “New Martyr” was originally used in the East for those killed by heretical Christian rulers, but has subsequently been extended to...
  • Coptic Christian protest urges White House action against Islamic State

    02/25/2015 12:52:07 PM PST · by C19fan · 22 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 24, 2015 | Pamela Constable
    Hanna Asaad, a network engineer in Fairfax, Va., grew up in the village of Aloor in southern Egypt. He was able to immigrate to the United States several years ago, but his best friend and cousin, Samuel Alham, sought work as a laborer in nearby Libya, like many other Coptic Christians in the impoverished region. Shortly after Christmas, Alham and 20 of his fellow Coptic laborers were kidnapped by Islamic State militants in Libya. In mid-February, they were marched to a Mediterranean beach in handcuffs and orange prison jumpsuits. Then they were beheaded with knives as a video camera recorded...
  • Coptic church formally recognizes martyrdom of 21 slain by ISIS

    02/22/2015 1:14:45 PM PST · by NYer · 18 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | February 22, 2015 | Deacon Greg Kendra
    The stunning icon here depicts the martyrs and was created by Egyptian American artist Tony Rezk. It appears on the website for the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Los Angeles. From Vatican Radio:  The Coptic Orthodox Church has announced that the murder of the 21 Egyptian Christians killed by the so-called Islamic State in Libya will be commemorated in its Church calendar.Pope Tawadros II announced that the names of the martyrs will be inserted into the Coptic Synaxarium, the Oriental Church’s equivalent to the Roman Martyrology. This procedure is also equivalent to canonization in the Latin Church.According to terrasanta.net, the martyrdom of the...
  • ISIS' army of 7-footers? Experts say video of Copt beheadings manipulated

    02/20/2015 6:54:45 PM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | February 20, 2015 | Malia Zimmerman
    Video of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians being marched along a Libyan beach before being beheaded by black-clad members of ISIS is hard for any civilized person to watch, but experts who made it through the sickening, five-minute clip told FoxNews.com Friday they came to the same conclusion: The footage was faked. No one holds out hope the victims, mostly poor fishermen who had gone to Libya to scratch out a living, are still alive. But several anomalies in the video, which was posted online Feb. 15, indicated to trained eyes that at least some of the production was done on...
  • “Their blood confesses Christ”: Pope Francis on the murder of Egyptian Christians by ISIS *UPDATED*

    02/17/2015 2:31:54 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | February 16, 2015 | Catherine Harmon
    A screen shot from a video released by Islamic State militants on Feb. 15. “They were killed simply for the fact that they were Christians. … The blood of our Christian brothers and sisters is a testimony which cries out to be heard.” Pope Francis responded today to the news that 21 Egyptian Christians have been beheaded by Islamic State militants. “Their blood confesses Christ,” the Holy Father said to a visiting delegation representing the Church of Scotland. “The martyrs belong to all Christians.” On Sunday, ISIS released a graphic video showing the beheading of 21 Coptic Christians on...
  • Egyptian Church confirms 21 killed in Libya after Islamic State issues video

    02/15/2015 2:43:50 PM PST · by NYer · 35 replies
    Yahoo ^ | February 15, 2015
    Yahoo Canada News - "HORRIBLE PHOTOS reveal ISIS marched 21 Coptic Christians to beach, beheaded them all" Image via Twitter/ @trscoop / The Right Scoop CAIRO (Reuters) - Islamic State released a video on Sunday purporting to show the beheading of a group of Egyptian Christians kidnapped in Libya, violence likely to deepen Cairo's concerns over security threats from militants thriving in the neighboring country's chaos. Egypt's state news agency MENA quoted the spokesman for the Coptic Church as confirming that 21 Egyptian Christians believed to be held by Islamic State were dead. In the video, militants in black...
  • Islamic State announces killing of 21 kidnapped Egyptian Christians

    02/14/2015 3:49:56 PM PST · by NYer · 26 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | February 13, 2015 | Diogenes
    The Islamic State has announced the killing of 21 Eyptian Christians who were abducted from Libya early in January. A report issued on the internet by the Islamic State said that the Coptic Christians were killed in “revenge for the Muslim women persecuted by Coptic crusaders in Egypt.” The reference was evidently to an incident in which two Egyptian women married to Copts were allegedly pressured to repudiate Islam. The Egyptian government has not confirmed the deaths of the 21 kidnapping victims, but fears that the internet report is accurate. Additional sources for this storySome links will take you to...
  • Newfound "Gospel of the Lots of Mary" discovered in ancient text

    02/06/2015 7:33:18 PM PST · by ealgeone · 118 replies
    Live Science ^ | 02-05-2015 | Jaus Owen
    A 1,500-year-old book that contains a previously unknown gospel has been deciphered. The ancient manuscript may have been used to provide guidance or encouragement to people seeking help for their problems, according to a researcher who has studied the text. Written in Coptic, an Egyptian language, the opening reads (in translation): "The Gospel of the lots of Mary, the mother of the Lord Jesus Christ, she to whom Gabriel the Archangel brought the good news. He who will go forward with his whole heart will obtain what he seeks. Only do not be of two minds
  • 'Gospel of the Lots of Mary' found hidden inside 1,500-year-old book

    02/05/2015 4:08:21 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 25 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4 February 2015 | Victoria Woollaston
    An ancient gospel has been discovered in the pages of a diminutive book dating back to the 6th century. The text, dubbed the 'Gospel of the Lots of Mary' is written in Coptic and contains oracles that would have been used to provide support and reassurance to people seeking help for problems. It is not a gospel in the traditional sense, because it doesn't predominantly teach about Christ, and its translator suggests that the discovery could rewrite the ancient definition and purpose of gospels. The ancient book was given to Harvard University's Sackler Museum in 1984 by Beatrice Kelekian, in...
  • Egypt's New Government Allows Christians to Build New Churches, Ending Years of Opposition

    02/02/2015 6:15:35 AM PST · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    Egyptian Christians have seen notable gains under the government of President Abd al-Sisi, the spokesman for the country’s bishops tells the AsiaNews service. Father Rafic Greiche pointed to three new building permits for Catholic churches. He reported that permits for Christian churches were never granted during the rule of former President Hosni Mubarak, nor under the government that followed him, which was dominated by Islamic fundamentalists. Some applications for permits to build churches date back more than a decade, Father Greiche said.
  • Mani and the Persian Kings

    01/25/2015 1:00:02 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 27 replies
    Patheos ^ | January 25, 2015 | Philip Jenkins
    It is astonishing that scholars of religion refer so little to the Manichaean faith, which in its day -- roughly from the third century AD through the fourteenth century -- was a fully fledged world religion, which interacted with Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, Zoroastrianism and Judaism. At various times, its adherents could be found across the whole of Eurasia, from France to China. It also created a substantial body of scriptures and commentaries, most of which are now lost. Manichaeanism (Manichaeism) is, I believe, the only example of a world religion that has arisen and then vanished entirely, seemingly without trace....
  • Christ is Getting Ready to Land On Earth And Rescue A Specific Church.

    09/23/2014 6:50:30 AM PDT · by Rashputin · 168 replies
    Shoebat Foundation ^ | September 22, 2014 | Walid Shoebat
    While America is Busy with Climate Change, Christ is Getting Ready to Land On Earth And Rescue A Specific Church. But Which Church? The Answer should Shock You By Shoebat Foundation on September 22, 2014 By Walid Shoebat (Shoebat Exclusive) While America is busy with Climate Change, Christ is getting ready to land on planet earth to rescue a specific Church, but which Church? But before we discuss this crucial topic, this is America taking action on Climate Change in which nearly half a million of us marched in New York City: While, you might think, “the world is going...
  • The Islamic Terror Orchestra

    09/01/2014 6:57:46 PM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Front page magazine ^ | August 26, 2014 | Nonie Darwish
    It has been 13 years since 9/11 and the West is still reluctant to link the non-ending parade of jihad groups with Islam. The West is also in denial about the similarities all radical Islamic groups share. It is important for the West to realize that there is a natural division of labor between the different terror groups. Some groups specialize in terror against non-Muslims and Western governments while others specialize in terrorizing Arab governments that refused to follow Sharia. But the truly sophisticated groups are those who reside in the West, calling themselves ‘moderate’ while at the same time...
  • Is There New Evidence That Jesus Had a Wife?

    04/14/2014 9:05:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 213 replies
    Townhall ^ | 04/14/2014 | Michael Brown
    The internet has been abuzz with intriguing headlines announcing that scholars have determined that the so-called “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife” papyrus is “authentic” and that there is “no forgery evidence” in the manuscript. What exactly does this mean? And should Christians be concerned that a new discovery might contradict the biblical account and undermine their faith? Actually, the report from scholars working with the Harvard Divinity School found that the manuscript is much younger than previously thought – in other words, it is even further removed from the time of the New Testament than scholars originally believed – meaning that,...
  • The "Gospel of Jesus' Wife" Is Most Likely Not a Modern Fake

    04/11/2014 6:35:46 AM PDT · by Renfield · 87 replies
    Smithsonian Magazine ^ | 4-10-2014 | Colin Schultz
    In 2012, Harvard researcher Karen King revealed the "Gospel of Jesus' Wife." A small piece of papyrus, the lightly worn document was written in Coptic Egyptian, with parts missing and ink faded, and didn't say much. But what it did say, wrote Ariel Sabar in Smithsonian Magazine two years ago was enough to “send jolts through the world of biblical scholarship—and beyond.” The fragment’s 33 words, scattered across 14 incomplete lines, leave a good deal to interpretation. But in King’s analysis, and as she argues in a forthcoming article in the Harvard Theological Review, the “wife” Jesus refers to is probably Mary Magdalene, and Jesus...
  • Egyptian Islamists Murder Young Christian, After Dragging Her From Car

    04/02/2014 7:47:33 AM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    CNS News ^ | April 1, 2014 | Patrick Goodenough
    Eyewitnesses have given a harrowing account of the murder in Cairo of a young Coptic Christian woman, hauled out of her car and beaten and stabbed to death by a Muslim mob, apparently targeted because of a cross hanging from her rear-view mirror. The incident occurred in the Cairo suburb of Ain Shams after mosque prayer services on Friday, ... 25-year-old Mary Sameh George was attacked in her car near a church, where she planned to deliver medicine to an ill and elderly woman. Protestors climbed onto her car, collapsing the roof, then hauled her from the vehicle, beating and...
  • Why Copts celebrate Christmas on 7 January

    01/06/2014 7:07:12 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 15 replies
    Ahram ^ | Monday 6 Jan 2014 | Sherry El-Gergawi
    On Tuesday 7 January, Coptic Orthodox Christians – who comprise 90 percent of Egypt's Christians – will break their 43-day fast and celebrate Christmas. The festival comes almost two weeks after most Western denominations, including Catholics and Protestants, held their celebrations on 25 December. Ahram Online asked Bishop Abram of the Fayoum Diocese to explain why there was a difference in the dates; he stressed that the difference in fact results from the use of different calendars, not from any underlying theological dispute. Although the exact date of Jesus' birth was -- and remains -- unknown, within the first few...
  • Pakistanis of all faiths protect churches with human chains

    10/15/2013 7:14:36 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 13 replies
    France 24 ^ | 09/10/2013 | Gaelle Faure
    For the past two Sundays, hundreds of Pakistanis of all faiths have formed human chains in front of churches during mass – first in Karachi, then in Lahore. This solidarity movement was launched in reaction to the terrorist attack that killed 81 worshippers at a church in Peshawar, making it the deadliest ever perpetrated against the country’s Christian minority. Militant groups linked to the Pakistani Taliban said they carried out the September 22 bomb attack in response to US-led drone strikes. Christians have been targeted for their faith before, but previous attacks have usually taken the form of mob violence...
  • US Coptic Christians chant ‘Obama, don’t you care? Christian blood is everywhere’

    08/21/2013 2:06:27 PM PDT · by Nachum · 36 replies
    Biz Pac Review ^ | 8/21/13 | Janeen Capizola
    Over 200 Coptic Christians in Nashville, Tenn. took to the streets Monday in a mass demonstration calling out the Obama administration for its lack of response and begging Americans to “pray for Egypt” while calling for an end to the terrorism inflicted by the Muslim Brotherhood. Chanting, “Obama, Obama, don’t you care? Christian blood is everywhere,” and “We love Egypt. We love U.S.,” the crowd also shouted “‘eid wahda,’ an Egyptian phrase that translates as “one hand,” meaning that the Egyptian people, both Christians and Muslims, were united with the army against terrorism, which they blamed on the Muslim Brotherhood,”...
  • Islamists Hold Prayers In Three Coptic Churches They Destroyed In Minya

    08/21/2013 12:14:22 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    barracudabrigade ^ | 8/21/13 | staff
    Islamists in Minya, Egypt held Muslim prayers inside three destroyed Coptic Churches after they were destroyed this week. Copts pray inside the Church of St. Moses (Moussa), destroyed by Muslim rioters in Minya, Egypt, Aug. 14-15, 2013. (Rotati Caeli) Islamists prayed in three Coptic Churches in Minya on Saturday.The Muslims believe that any place in which they pray has to be turned into a mosque.Wataninet reported: In the ruins of three of the churches the Islamists had attacked and burned in the Minya region in Upper Egypt, the Islamists yesterday gathered and held Muslim prayers. The three churches are...
  • Christians Stand with Military After Muslim Bros Church Burning Spree

    08/20/2013 3:41:05 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 14 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 8/20/13 | Breitbart News
    Over 60 churches across Egypt have been targeted by Muslim Brotherhood sympathizers as conflict rages across the country. Nonetheless, Coptic Christians are now returning to their church in Minya, which was burned by raging Islamists. “This will learn us to be better Christians” said Pastor Sameh Ibrahim. Fourteen churches in the area were burned in the past few days. In Minya, Christian churches have been slathered with black Xs to mark them for violence by Islamists.
  • History of Coptic Christians in Egypt

    08/20/2013 1:53:22 PM PDT · by bluescape · 11 replies
    History of the Coptic Christians
  • Coptic Pope Blasts Muslim Brotherhood, US, EU

    08/20/2013 6:00:43 AM PDT · by xzins · 13 replies
    (AINA) ^ | 18 Aug 13 | Mary Abdelmassih
    Since ex-president Morsy's ouster on July 3, attacks on Egyptian Christians by members of the Muslim Brotherhood have taken place in most governorates across Egypt. These attacks have escalated since security forces ended the pro-Morsy protests in central Cairo on August 14th. During their 6-weeks of protests, Muslim Brotherhood leaders explicitly threatened to harm the Copts should they be forced to end their protests, which they vowed to prolong until Morsy is restored to power. "Over the past weeks we have witnessed an increasing trend of anti-Christian rhetoric calling for 'the attack upon and eradication of Christians and churches' in...
  • Egypt: Coptic church cancels Sunday mass for 1st time in 1,600 years

    08/19/2013 8:08:38 PM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 8/19/13 | Michal Shmulovich
    Amid escalating violence against Egypt’s Copts, churches in Minya, located in upper Egypt, cancelled Sunday Mass for the first time in 1,600 years. Other churches in Minya also didn’t hold prayer services. "We did not hold prayers in the monastery on Sunday for the first time in 1,600 years,” Priest Selwanes Lotfy of the Virgin Mary and Priest Ibram Monastery in Degla, just south of Minya, told the al-Masry al-Youm daily. He said supporters of ousted president Mohammed Morsi destroyed the monastery, which includes three churches, one of which is an archaeological site. “One of the extremists wrote on the...
  • Prayers for Christians in Egypt

    08/17/2013 6:13:37 PM PDT · by lightman · 23 replies
    Self | 17 August AD 2013 | Lightman
    The Muslim Broterhood has cut a swath of violence and destruction across Egpyt:
  • World Silent As Brotherhood Targets Coptic Christians

    08/16/2013 4:11:59 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 21 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | August 16, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Mideast: Christians in Egypt are again the target of Islamist Muslim Brotherhood supporters using the new violence as a cover for ongoing persecution. If Christians were burning mosques, the world would be outraged. Amid the raging violence in Egypt, a less-publicized war is being waged against Egypt's long-persecuted Coptic Christians, this time using the excuse that they were somehow involved in the military's ouster of the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohammed Morsi from power. Coptic Christians comprise up to 10% of Egypt's 84 million people. Ishaq Ibrahim from the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights group has documented as many as 39 incidents...
  • Coptic churches burn amid violence in Egypt (The Coptic Pope Is to Blame)

    08/16/2013 2:46:28 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 8 replies
    Egyption Streets ^ | 8/16/2013 | Egyption Streets
    Violence in Egypt has taken a dark turn for sectarianism as more than 45 churches and Coptic institutions were torched or stormed across the country. The wave of attacks against Copts and their houses of worship, businesses, schools and homes came as Egypt’s security forces dispersed two large pro-Morsi sit-ins in Cairo. In cities across Egypt, from Sohag and Minya to Cairo and Assiut, Islamists took to the streets attacking churches. In one case in Minya, a Coptic man and his wife were detained before being killed by armed individuals. In one incident, Islamists torched parts of one of Egypt’s...
  • McCain, Graham, Obama: No photo-ops with Coptic Christians or Condemnation of Muslim Brotherhood?

    08/15/2013 9:16:39 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 8 replies
    8/15/2013 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    The Muslim Brotherhood has persecuted Coptic Christians, burned their churches, (both before and after the military crackdown), caused tens of thousands of Coptic Christians to flee the country and even went so far as to institute apartheid-like, segregated, Muslim-only zones in Egypt before the military intervened to try and restore freedom. Where is the equal outrage by Obama over this? Where are McCain and Lindsey Graham on this? Did McCain get any photo-ops with Coptic Christians in Egypt when he was over in the region visiting Syria a little while back? Didn't they both travel to the region together recently?...
  • Massive Church Destruction in Egypt (List of Churches including one from 4th century)

    08/14/2013 4:00:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    cbn ^ | August 14, 2013
    What do Muslim Brotherhood members do when Egyptian Security Forces launch a forewarned operation to clear them from Cairo tent cities? Attack Christians. That's right.Morsi supporters responded with a monumental attack--unprecedented in modern times--on churches throughout Egypt. The torching and destruction of churches occured within six hours of the start of the military crackdown. Many Muslims opposed the violent response against Christians. Some Salafists urged the Brotherhood to halt the attacks, and even some Muslims in Upper Egypt reportedly helped Christians defend churches.One destroyed church in Upper Egypt was built in the fourth century.Here's the list of burned churches and...
  • Coptic churches burn in Egypt

    08/14/2013 2:23:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | August 14, 2013
    Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood attend a protest in support of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi outside the Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque, in Cairo, Egypt, 12 August 2013. EPA/KHALED ELFIQIChurches burned across Egypt following the security crackdown on pro-Muslim Brotherhood demonstrators. Online reports suggest up to 17 churches were burned across Egypt, along with other Christian-owned businesses and schools.    Coptic witnesses and religious leaders said the attacks were carried out by supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood in areas without police protection. In some areas, the attacks reportedly came amid ongoing fighting between security forces and supporters of the Muslim...
  • Al Qaeda Flag Flies High Above Christian Churches

    08/14/2013 2:39:51 AM PDT · by informavoracious · 7 replies
    Frontpage Magazine ^ | Raymond Ibrahim
    Days ago, al-Qaeda’s Egyptian leader, Ayman Zawahiri, portrayed the overthrow of Muhammad Morsi and the Brotherhood as a “Crusader” campaign led by Coptic Pope Tawadros II who, according to Zawahiri and other terrorists, is trying to create a Coptic state in Egypt. Since then, not only are Egypt’s Christians and churches now being attacked in ways unprecedented in the modern era, but new reports indicate that al-Qaeda’s black flag has been raised on some of them, specifically St. George Church in Sohag. Considering that it was al-Qaeda linked terrorists who initiated one of the bloodiest church attacks in recent history,...
  • Egypt: Christian Beheaded as Islamist Violence Escalates

    07/11/2013 7:18:18 PM PDT · by haffast · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva7 - Israel National News ^ | First Publish: 7/11/2013, 4:22 PM | Chana Ya'ar and Ari Soffer
    Amidst continuing unrest in Egypt, the country's Coptic Christian minority is facing an alarming campaign of violence at the hands of Islamist extremists. In the most recent case, the decapitated body of 60 year old Magdy Habashi was found early Thursday in a cemetery in the town of Sheikh Zweid, in northern Sinai, after being abducted last Saturday by suspected Islamist radicals. He was the second Christian to be killed in northern Sinai in less than a week, following the assassination of Coptic Christian priest Mena Aboud Sharoben in the coastal city of Arish by suspected Islamist gunmen last Saturday....
  • Fears for Egypt’s Christians following Murder, Arson Attacks

    07/07/2013 11:50:20 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    INN ^ | 7/7/2013, 2:47 PM | Ari Soffer
    Fears have been raised over the plight of Egypt’s Coptic Christian community, after a series of attacks—including the assassination of a priest and an arson attack against a church—following the ouster of Muslim Brotherhood-backed President, Mohammed Morsi. According to Al Masri al-Youm, 39 year-old Mena Aboud Sharoben was gunned down in the coastal city of Arish on Saturday, by unknown gunmen riding a motorcycle. Sharoben was a local Coptic priest, and his murder was one of several attacks by suspected Islamist terrorists over the past few days, who also targeted at least three military checkpoints and El Arish Internation Airport...
  • Egypt: Coptic priest Father Mina Abud Sharobim killedin the north of the Sinai

    07/06/2013 9:13:14 AM PDT · by lightman · 13 replies
    Vatican Insider via byzcath.org ^ | 6 July AD 2013 | Giorgio Bernardelli
    Giorgio Bernardelli Vatican Insider Roma 6 July 2013 http://vaticaninsider.lastampa.it/nel-mo...to-egypt-26268/ [Machine translation of the Italian; no English version yet available] A Coptic priest was killed this morning in Egypt in an ambush in all probability due to the situation created in the country after the overthrow of President Islamist Mohammed Morsi. The murder took place in the town of El Arish in northern Sinai. The victim's father called Mina, was 39 years old and was the secretary of the Coptic bishop of El Arish Kosman. The cleric was shot while he was in the car with his wife, who would be...
  • Call to Prayer for Egypt

    06/28/2013 11:39:57 AM PDT · by lightman · 2 replies
    Anglican Church of North America ^ | 28 June AD 2013 | ++Robert Duncan
    28 June 2013 TO ALL THE FAITHFUL OF THE ANGLICAN CHURCH IN NORTH AMERICA: Archbishop Mouneer Anis has been a friend of the Anglican Church in North America from our beginning, and before. He is a Global Trustee of the Anglican Relief and Development Fund. The situation in Egypt is "on the edge." Please pray for Archbishop Mouneer, his family, his clergy, his people, for Pope Tawadros II, for the Coptic Church and for Egypt. Ask the Lord to intervene. (He has a history of intervening in Egypt!) Thank you for your charity and your faithfulness in responding to this...
  • Pope Urged to Declare Islam a Peaceful Religion

    06/11/2013 6:36:47 AM PDT · by joygrace · 29 replies
    cnsnews ^ | June 11 2013 | Patrick Goodenough
    (CNSNews.com) – Seven years after Sunni Islam’s foremost institution severed dialogue with the Vatican over remarks by Pope Benedict XVI, the Cairo-based Al-Azhar wants the new pontiff to open the door to resuming interfaith discourse by declaring Islam to be a peaceful religion. The proposal that Pope Francis make such a public declaration prompted Coptic Christian advocates to suggest that Al-Azhar’s grand imam instead denounce Muslim violence against Copts in Egypt. Established in the 10th century, Al-Azhar is regarded as the top seat of learning in Sunni Islam. The suggestion for a papal gesture came from grand imam Ahmed al-Tayyeb’s...
  • Jihad on Egypt’s Christian Children

    06/07/2013 7:34:37 AM PDT · by joygrace · 9 replies
    Human Events ^ | 6.7.13 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Attacks on Christian children, both boys and girls, are on the rise in Egypt. Last week, a six-year-old Coptic Christian boy named Cyril Yusuf Sa‘ad was abducted and held for ransom. After his family paid off the Muslim kidnapper, Ahmed Abdel Moneim Abdel-Salam, he still killed the child and threw his body in the sewer of his house. In the words of the Arabic report, the boy’s “family is in tatters after paying 30,000 pounds to the abductor, who still killed the innocent child and threw his body into the toilet of his home, where the body, swollen and moldy,...
  • Middle East Genocide

    06/02/2013 6:51:01 AM PDT · by opentalk · 13 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 2, 2013 | Ralph Peters
    We are witnesses to murder,and our governments are accomplices. The relentless destruction of the last remnants of the Middle East’s Judeo-Christian civilization is well under way. And we are silent. Captives of political correctness,our governments cater to radical immigrant tantrums as our leaders contort the truth to deny the existence of Islamist terrorism. Meanwhile,our Middle Eastern “allies” and foes alike eradicate thousands of years of Jewish and Christian heritage. Our diplomats treat the persecution as a minor embarrassment,best ignored. The banishments and butchery aren’t new, but the breakdown of the last rotting order in the wake of the “Arab Spring”...
  • Christian Convicted for Insulting Islam in Egypt Receives 1 Year of Hard Labor

    06/02/2013 3:14:57 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 30 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | June 1, 2013
    ASSIUT, Egypt — An Egyptian court has convicted a Coptic Christian lawyer in the southern province of Assiut on charges of blasphemy and sentenced him to one year in prison with hard labor. The verdict against Roman Murad Saad was handed down on Saturday. It’s the latest in a surge of blasphemy cases following Egypt’s 2011 uprising. ... Court officials say Saad was found guilty of ridiculing Islam’s holy book, the Quran, at a lawyers’ union library. No further details were immediately available in the case.
  • Mark and Peter: Coptic Pope Tawadros II visits Pope Francis

    05/14/2013 4:19:19 AM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | May 13, 2013 | Christopher B. Warner
    Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria, patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church, talks with Pope Francis during a private audience in the pontiff's library at the Vatican May 10. (CNS photo) Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II and Pope Francis fraternally addressed one another in an historic meeting, Friday, at the Vatican. May 10, 2013 marked the fortieth anniversary of a meeting between their predecessors, Pope Paul VI and Pope Shenouda III. This is the first time since that meeting that the Coptic Orthodox Patriarch has visited the Vatican. Blessed John Paul II also visited Pope Shenouda III in Egypt, February...
  • 2 popes praying: Egyptian Copt and Pope Francis

    05/10/2013 4:50:09 PM PDT · by haffast · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 5-10-2013 | NICOLE WINFIELD
    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Two popes prayed together Friday at the Vatican, one Catholic and one Orthodox, in a sign of improving ties following the election of new leaders for both churches. Pope Francis welcomed the head of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt, Pope Tawadros II, in the first such meeting at the Vatican in 40 years, saying his visit "strengthens the bonds of friendship and brotherhood" between the two churches. The Coptic and Catholic churches split in the fifth century over theocratic differences. Christians comprise about 10 percent of Egypt's population. The Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt counts...
  • Coptic Pope stresses urgency of Christian unity at Vatican

    05/10/2013 11:01:46 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    cna ^ | May 10, 2013 | Estefania Aguirre
    Vatican City, May 10, 2013 / 07:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt met with Pope Francis at the Vatican and spoke about the urgent need for unity among Christians in the Middle East. “We must prepare our people for this very real and needed unity that we know and live, we must work quickly and seriously,” said Pope Tawadros II in May 10 remarks provided to CNA by his office. His visit to the Vatican is significant because he leades Egypt’s largest Christian Church with ten million members, as well as historic,...
  • two-christians-beheaded-in-new-jersey-by-muslim-man-media-silent

    04/29/2013 5:41:14 PM PDT · by yldstrk · 37 replies
    The Minority Report ^ | February 25, 2013 | Steve Foley
    Authorities in New Jersey allege a Muslim man beheaded two Coptic Christians, burying their bodies and heads and hands in separate graves near Philadelphia, bringing the horror of the persecution of Christians in Islamic nations to the United States. According to New York’s WABC-TV, the Muslim was identified as Yusuf Ibrahim, 28. He was taken into custody after the bodies were found. The report said investigators alleged Ibrahim killed the victims then severed their heads and hands, and buried the remains in the back yard of a home in Buena Vista, N.J. The report said the victims were from the...
  • Blogging While Coptic NYT blogger asks if Weekly Standard writer was unduly influenced

    03/08/2013 4:20:32 PM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 3/8/13 | Alana Goodman
    A New York Times blogger became ensnared in controversy yesterday after asking a Weekly Standard author whether he was a Coptic Christian and if this played a factor in his reporting on anti-American and anti-Semitic activist Samira Ibrahim. Weekly Standard writer Samuel Tadros broke the story of Ibrahim’s support for the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and Bulgarian bus bombing attack of 2012, resulting in the State Department’s decision to “defer” its plan to honor Ibrahim with a women’s courage award. But Times reporter Robert Mackey speculated on Twitter that Tadros’s religious background, which Mackey believed was Coptic Christian, might...
  • Gruesome double murder, men decapitated

    02/13/2013 1:40:56 PM PST · by george76 · 37 replies
    WABC-TV/ ^ | February 11, 2013 | Jeff Pegues
    JERSEY CITY - There's a gruesome double murder mystery in New Jersey. Police say who did it's not a mystery because someone is under arrest but the mystery is why the accused killer cut of two men's heads and hands. The victims are reportedly from Jersey City, but their remains were found buried in a town southwest of Philadelphia. ... police announced an arrest. 28-year-old Yusuf Ibrahim is in custody. Investigators say Ibrahim shot and killed the victims, severed their heads and hands, and buried the remains at a Buena Vista house. Back in Jersey City, friends of the victims...
  • Was there a church in Mecca? ... Christian figure discovered at holy site in Yemen

    12/29/2012 2:05:01 PM PST · by george76 · 32 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 29 December 2012
    Archaeologists have discovered the ruins of a buried Christian empire in the highlands of Yemen, leading to theories that there may have once been a church in Mecca. A stone carving of a Christian figure was found in Zafar, some 581 miles south of Mecca, and is thought to have been made in the era of the Prophet Muhammad. Paul Yule, an archaeologist from Heidelberg in Germany, has dated the 5feet 7inch tall relief which shows a man with chains of jewellery, curls and spherical eyes to around 530AD. ... The figure is barefoot, which was typical of Coptic saints....