Archive for June, 2011

Tensions Rise in Egypt Over Two Missing Christian Girls

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Tension is escalating over the case of 14-year-old Nancy Magdy Fathy, and her 16-year old cousin Christine Ezzat Fathy, who have disappeared and allegedly converted to Islam.

Muslims Surround Church in Upper Egypt, Threaten to Kill Priest

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Hundreds of Muslims surrounded the church of St George today in the village of Beni Ahmed West, 7 KM south of Minya, vowing to kill its priest Father George Thabet, who was serving the morning mass and was locked in the church with a number of parishioners.

Christian Girls Kidnapped and ‘Sold’

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Two teenage Coptic girls, cousins, were recently kidnapped and then “sold” in Minya, Egypt—the same region where a Coptic church was recently attacked and desecrated.

Clashes between police and Coptic protesters in Minya

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Reuters news agency quoted unconfirmed security sources as saying that three policemen and six Coptic protesters on Wednesday were injured in a clash between the two sides in the southern Egyptian city of Minya.

Christians in danger – Archbishop

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The Archbishop of Canterbury has spoken of his fears for Christian communities in the Middle East in the wake of the Arab spring.

Revolution brings new fears for Copts

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IN THE 27 governorates across Egypt, not one governor is Coptic, yet Coptic Christians make up more than 10 per cent of the population. Despite the fall of former president Hosni Mubarak, laws against the building of new churches are yet to be overturned and avenues of proper legal redress are effectively closed to Copts.

Attacks on Christians: Can Egypt Deal with Extremist Mobs?

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May 8, 2011, Egyptians gather near a building belonging to Christians that was set on fire during clashes between Muslims and Christians in the Imbaba neighborhood of Cairo

Egypt’s Christians in new despair

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FIVE weeks after the fall of the Egyptian regime, Ayman Anwar Mitri’s apartment was torched.  When he showed up to investigate, he was bundled inside by bearded Islamists.

Arab Spring turns to summer’s bloody turmoil

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As the Arab Spring gives way to summer, the afterglow is fading into recognition that a successful, democratic revolution is rarely as quick or easy as it first appears

Islamists Target Egypt’s Christians

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Egypt’s Arab Spring has become a nightmare for the nation’s 2,000-year-old Coptic Christian community, now the terror target of choice for Islamist radicals. Christians’ “personal security has gotten much worse” since the February ouster of President Hosni Mubarak, says Nina Shea of the Hudson Institute, who monitors the situation of religious minorities in the Muslim […]

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