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  • Amid attacks in Egypt, Christians see churches close

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, November 28, 2017 (one year ago)

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    CAIRO, Egypt (BP) -- Christian persecution continues in Egypt amid the terroristic slaughter of more than 300 Sufi Muslims during worship at a North Sinai mosque, Morning Star News reported.

    Weeks before the Nov. 24th attack at the Al-Rawdah Mosque, attributed to Muslim terrorists who carried an Islamic State (ISIS) flag, Coptic Christians in the country already faced the closure of many Christian houses of worship for fear of similar attacks, Morning Star reported Nov. 27. Read More

  • Coptic Christians pray, persevere after Egypt church bombings

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, April 10, 2017 (one year ago)

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    ALEXANDRIA/TANTA, Egypt (BP) -- As Coptic Christians bury an estimated 44 killed in terrorist bombings during Palm Sunday services in Egypt, the oldest Coptic church in the U.S. is praying for both the families of the Christian "martyrs" and the Islamic State (IS) that has claimed responsibility for the deaths.

    The attacks at St. George's Church in Tanta and at St. Mark's Cathedral in Alexandria also wounded more than 125 worshippers, Morning Star News reported, making the bombings more deadly than the 2016 Christmas bombing at the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul in suburban Cairo. Last year's attack that killed 24 and wounded 50 had been considered Egypt's worst bombing against Christians in the nation's history. Read More

  • Christians in Egypt flee after killings in N. Sinai

    by Middle East Correspondent/Morning Star News, posted Wednesday, March 01, 2017 (one year ago)

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    ISTANBUL, Turkey (BP) -- Hundreds of Christians continue to flood out of the Egyptian town of Al-Arish in northern Sinai after the third Coptic Christian in a week was gunned down on Feb. 23, reportedly by Islamic State-linked militants.

    The mass exodus comes after three Coptic Christians were killed in what appears to be the work of militants making good on Islamic State (IS) threats issued on a Feb. 19 video promising to rid the country of "idolaters." The latest slaying was the seventh killing of a Copt on the Sinai Peninsula in a month. Read More

  • Coptic Christians in Egypt mourn after bombing

    by Morning Star News/Middle East correspondent, posted Tuesday, December 13, 2016 (2 years ago)

    EGYPT (BP) -- As government investigators sifted through the scene of what has been called Egypt's worst bombing attack against Christians in the nation's history, Monday (Dec. 12) the families of those who were slain mourned and buried their dead.

    On Dec. 11, at least 24 worshippers were killed and 49 wounded when an explosion ripped through the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, also known as Al Boutrosya Chapel, during Mass in a suburb of Cairo. The chapel is next to the St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral, which is held by many as the spiritual center of the ... Read More

  • Egypt's Copts weather new wave of attacks

    by Art Toalston, posted Thursday, July 21, 2016 (2 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Islamist assaults against Egypt's largest minority, Coptic Christians, have claimed the lives of two priests in the Coptic Orthodox Church, a pharmacist who was beheaded and a baker.

    World Watch Monitor, a news service focusing on Christians facing persecution, chronicled the murders and numerous other assaults on Copts in the past two months along with attacks on churches, homes and businesses in a July 20 article. Much of the violence occurred during the Islam’s holy month of Ramadan. Read More

  • Egyptian convert regularly abused, attorney says

    by Staff/Morning Star News, posted Thursday, May 28, 2015 (3 years ago)

    ISTANBUL, Turkey (BP) -- Authorities in Egypt are regularly beating and dragging across a concrete prison floor noted convert Bishoy Armia Boulous, formerly known as Mohammed Hegazy, his attorney said.

    Imprisoned by Egyptian authorities on trumped-up charges for photographing Muslim attacks on Christians and then held illegally after his sentence was complete, Boulous is beaten several times a week, said attorney Karam Ghobriel. Read More

  • Egypt's president pressured toward reform

    by Erin Roach, posted Tuesday, April 21, 2015 (3 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Egypt's president, who challenged senior Muslim clerics to reform their teachings rather than fuel extremist ideologies, now is being challenged by observers who say he lacks a formal plan for moving toward a moderated Islam. Read More

  • Egypt's president calls for moderated Islam

    by Erin Roach, posted Tuesday, March 24, 2015 (3 years ago)

    CAIRO (BP) -- Egypt's president, in a move applauded by conservative Western media, is challenging senior Muslim clerics to reform their teachings rather than fuel extremist ideologies that have led to widespread terrorism in the name of Islam.

    Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, who was elected last spring after the overthrow of Mohammed Morsi, said in a speech at Cairo's Al-Azhar University, a leading intellectual center of Sunni Muslim thought, that Muslim religious scholars "must take a long, hard look" at the role of Islam in violent extremism. Read More

  • Blasphemy charges still shackle Egyptian convert

    by Staff/Morning Star News, posted Friday, January 02, 2015 (4 years ago)

    ISTANBUL, Turkey (BP) -- A noted convert in Egypt who was sentenced to five years in prison for documenting attacks on Christians has won a partial victory on appeal but remains in jail on prior blasphemy charges.

    An appeals judge ruled Dec. 28 that Bishoy Armia Boulous, known as Mohammed Hegazy until his conversion in 1998, was not guilty on a charge of spreading information meant to "cause harm or damage to the public interest" and not guilty on the related charge of spreading false news "bound to weaken" Egypt's prestige or harm the "country's national interests." Read More