Coptic Christians massacred by gunmen in Egypt

Reports say 26 Coptic pilgrims were killed while travelling to a monastery At least 26 Coptic Christians have reportedly been killed by gunmen in Egypt. The Christians were travelling by bus to a monastery when they were attacked. Many of those killed were children, according to the New York Times. Health officials said that the… Continue reading Coptic Christians massacred by gunmen in Egypt

Pope Francis arrives in Egypt with message of peace

The Pope is visiting the country only weeks after twin suicide attacks on Coptic churches Pope Francis is brushing off security concerns to forge ahead with a two-day trip to Egypt aimed at presenting a united Christian-Muslim front that repudiates violence committed in God’s name. Three weeks after Islamic militants staged twin Palm Sunday church… Continue reading Pope Francis arrives in Egypt with message of peace

Egypt steps up security ahead of Pope’s visit

The papal visit comes shortly after suicide attacks on two churches killed dozens of people Egypt has heightened security in the area around the Vatican residence in Cairo ahead of Pope Francis’ visit this weekend, which comes weeks after suicide attacks on two churches killed dozens of people. In Zamalek, a wealthy neighborhood on a… Continue reading Egypt steps up security ahead of Pope’s visit

Vatican releases itinerary for papal trip to Egypt

Francis will speak at the al-Azhar University during his visit to Egypt on April 28-29 Pope Francis will meet with the leader of one of the world’s leading Sunni Muslim institutions, the head of the Coptic Orthodox Church and representatives of the Catholic Church on a two-day trip to Cairo. The Pope is scheduled to… Continue reading Vatican releases itinerary for papal trip to Egypt

Despite deadly attacks, Pope Francis will still go to Egypt

The Vatican confirmed Monday that Pope Francis’ trip to Egypt at the end of the month will go on as planned, despite terrorist attacks which killed more than 43 people during Palm Sunday celebrations in the country. The Director of the Holy See Press Office, Greg Burke, told journalists April 10 that “the Pope’s trip… Continue reading Despite deadly attacks, Pope Francis will still go to Egypt

Death toll rises following Egypt church bombings on Palm Sunday

ISIS claims responsibility for the latest attacks on the country’s Christian minority that have left at least 43 people dead and more than 100 injured Bombs exploded at two Coptic churches in different cities in northern Egypt as worshippers were celebrating Palm Sunday, killing at least 43 people and wounding about 100 in an assault… Continue reading Death toll rises following Egypt church bombings on Palm Sunday

Parents of student tortured to death in Egypt urge Pope to take up case during papal visit

The parents of Giulio Regeni have called on Pope Francis to seek information about their son The family of an Italian graduate student tortured to death in Egypt is urging Pope Francis to seek information about the case during his upcoming visit to Cairo. The parents of Giulio Regeni made the appeal on Monday at… Continue reading Parents of student tortured to death in Egypt urge Pope to take up case during papal visit

Police clash with anti-Christian mob in southern Egypt

Muslim villagers suspected that a Christian teenager who allegedly converted to Islam was being held captive by her family Police have used tear gas to disperse an angry mob of Muslims approaching Christian homes in southern Egypt. The Friday clashes injured four policemen and seven of the Muslim villagers. Police have made eight arrests. The… Continue reading Police clash with anti-Christian mob in southern Egypt

Pope Francis to visit Egypt April 28-29

In what will be his first international trip of the year, Pope Francis will be traveling to Cairo, Egypt, April 28-29, showing that interfaith dialogue is a priority. He will visit the country in response to an invitation from His Holiness Pope Tawadros II and the Grand Imam of the Mosque of al Azhar, Sheikh… Continue reading Pope Francis to visit Egypt April 28-29

Egyptian Christian shot dead by militants in front of his wife and child

The murder – the sixth in less than a month – comes after ISIS promised to step up its attacks Egyptian security officials say suspected Islamic militants gunned down a Coptic Christian inside his home in northern Sinai, the sixth such killing in a month’s time in the restive region. The officials said on Friday that… Continue reading Egyptian Christian shot dead by militants in front of his wife and child

Militants kill two Christians in Egypt’s Sinai

The murders come days after an ISIS video vowed to increase attacks on minority groups Egyptian security officials say suspected militants have killed two Christians in the restive north of the Sinai Peninsula, days after an ISIS affiliate group vowed to step up a wave of attacks on Christians. The officials said Saad Hana, 65, was… Continue reading Militants kill two Christians in Egypt’s Sinai

Coptic Christian teacher shot dead in Egypt

Gamal Tawfiq, 50, was shot in the head by two militants on a motorbike who followed him as he walked from home to work Suspected Islamic militants gunned down a Coptic Christian teacher on his way to school in northern Sinai on Thursday, the second killing of a Christian in less than a week in… Continue reading Coptic Christian teacher shot dead in Egypt

Egyptian cathedral restored after December bombing

Saint Mark’s Coptic Cathedral in Cairo has been rebuilt by the Egyptian army corps of engineers after a terrorist attack last month left 27 dead. The restoration was by direct order of President Abdel Fattah Sisi so that Coptic Christians could celebrate the feast of Christmas there. The Egyptian army corps of engineers has completed… Continue reading Egyptian cathedral restored after December bombing

Egypt's Christians grieve fallen believers but hold tight to faith in the Lord

Coptic Catholic Bishop Kyrillos William of Assiut, Egypt, commenting on the Dec. 11, 2016 suicide bomber attack that killed 26 people and wounded scores at an Orthodox church in Cairo, confirms that the country’s Christian community fears further violence and terror. But in a Dec. 22, 2016 interview with international Catholic charity Aid to the… Continue reading Egypt's Christians grieve fallen believers but hold tight to faith in the Lord

Child injured in Egypt church attack dies

A 10-year-old girl has died of her injuries following the suicide bombing earlier this month Egypt’s state news agency says a 10-year-old girl who was critically wounded in the suicide bombing at a Cairo church earlier this month, has died of her wounds. The fatality raises the death toll from the attack to 27. Egypt’s… Continue reading Child injured in Egypt church attack dies

Coptic Christians refuse to give up – But who are they and what do they stand for?

Following the horrific attack on St. Mark’s Cathedral, many are hearing about Coptic Christians for the very first time. According to the Coptic Encyclopedia, the word copt is from the Greek “Aigyptos,” which was derived from “Hikaptah,” one of the names for the first capital of Ancient Egypt, “Memphis.” Today, “Coptic” is an adjective for… Continue reading Coptic Christians refuse to give up – But who are they and what do they stand for?

Suspect in Cairo bombing was a teenager ‘radicalised after police torture’

The suspect belonged to a terrorist cell funded by exiled Muslim Brotherhood leaders The young man suspected of blowing himself up inside a Cairo chapel during Sunday Mass, killing at least 24 people, had been arrested and beaten by police two years ago after allegedly taking part in an Islamist demonstration, his lawyer has said.… Continue reading Suspect in Cairo bombing was a teenager ‘radicalised after police torture’

Pope to Coptic patriarch: ‘We are united in the blood of our martyrs’

Francis called Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros to express his condolences after the Cairo cathedral attack Pope Francis has phoned Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria, expressing his prayers and condolences for a terrorist attack at the Cairo cathedral that left 24 Christians dead. “We are united in the blood of our martyrs,” the Pope… Continue reading Pope to Coptic patriarch: ‘We are united in the blood of our martyrs’

Bombing of Coptic chapel during Mass in Cairo kills 25 people

The attack is one of the deadliest against Egypt’s Christians in recent memory A bombing at a chapel adjacent to Egypt’s main Coptic Christian cathedral killed 25 people and wounded another 49 during Sunday Mass, one of the deadliest attacks carried out against the religious minority in recent memory and a grim reminder of Egypt’s… Continue reading Bombing of Coptic chapel during Mass in Cairo kills 25 people

CHRISTIANS ATTACKED – Extremists destroy buildings and send Christians to hospital in Egypt

A Christian charity and watchdog group reported Coptic Christians in Egypt have become the latest victims of radical Islamists. According to International Christian Concern (ICC), the village of Manshiet El-Naghamish was attacked by Islamists who were enraged at news of a new Christian church being built. The attack occurred late November and resulted in a… Continue reading CHRISTIANS ATTACKED – Extremists destroy buildings and send Christians to hospital in Egypt

A powerful king, a fleet of royal ships, and – pottery? Take a look into one of the most powerful pharaoh's tombs

Archaeologists are hard at work to uncover the secrets of ancient tombs across Egypt – but what they just discovered may have great implications. A 3,800-year-old tomb in Egypt is still spilling secrets as over 120 images adorning millenniums-old buildings near the tomb of pharaoh Senusret II have been discovered. The ancient carvings depict Egyptian… Continue reading A powerful king, a fleet of royal ships, and – pottery? Take a look into one of the most powerful pharaoh's tombs

Egyptian kings reigned with weapons from space? New study reveals shocking origins of King Tut's dagger

The mummy of King Tutankhamen, widely known as King Tut, was carefully unwrapped and certain surprising treasures were discovered. A dagger made from an unusual metal was discovered carefully wrapped in King Tut’s tomb. With help from X-ray fluorescence spectrometry, experts from Italy and Egypt revealed the dagger was composed of iron, nickel and cobalt… Continue reading Egyptian kings reigned with weapons from space? New study reveals shocking origins of King Tut's dagger

Coptic Christians in Egypt continue to suffer exceptional abuse and discrimination amid religious intolerance

Christian Copts in Egypt continue to suffer discrimination. The growing religious intolerance in Egypt has resulted in the increased threats and violence against the nation’s Christian minority. Coptic Christians make up only around 10-20 percent of Egypt’s population, and are considered one of the oldest Christian communities in the world. They are considered Middle East’s… Continue reading Coptic Christians in Egypt continue to suffer exceptional abuse and discrimination amid religious intolerance