- Aug 4, 2021
A man wearing an explosives belt attempted to attack a Coptic Christian church north of Cairo but failed to enter before blowing himself up, Egyptian security officials said Saturday.
A Coptic community in Pennsylvania has a new home, after being hosted by a local Catholic Church.
An Egyptian court has sentenced 19 Muslim defendants to a one-year suspended sentence for attacking an unlicensed church south of Cairo.
A priest in Egypt has died after an attacker struck his head with a cleaver. The assailant was later arrested. Attacks on Egypt’s Christians, who account for about 10 percent of the country’s 94 million people, have surged in recent months, with a series of suicide bombings claimed by the extremist Islamic State group killing more than 100 since December.
During a Mass for abuse victims, Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl stressed the importance of protecting children and establishing safeguards to protect the innocent. The cardinal also offered prayers and solidarity with the victims of the terror attack in Egypt against Coptic Churches that killed at least 44 people and wounded many more.
Indian Archbishop Felix Machado spent 15 years working in Rome as a Vatican official. During that time, he became close with the city’s small Coptic Christian community. He said the attacks on two Coptic churches on Palm Sunday in Egypt are “the work of not only cowards, but devils.”
As Pope Francis was celebrating Palm Sunday Mass in Rome, two blasts at Coptic churches in Egypt killed at least 36 people and wounded more than a hundred. Coptic Christians make up 10 percent of Egypt’s population, and are often the targets of Islamic extremism. Pope Francis will visit Egypt later this month, April 28-29.