- Jul 7, 2020
Pope Francis said he wants his visit to Egypt “to be a witness of my affection, comfort and encouragement for all the Christians of the Middle East, a message of friendship and respect for all the inhabitants of Egypt and the region, and a message of brotherhood and reconciliation with all the children of Abraham, particularly the Muslim world” in a video message to the Egyptian people released on Tuesday ahead of his April 28-29 visit to the country.
At least eight security agents surrounded Pope Tawadros II of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt as he entered St. Mark’s Cathedral in Cairo for Easter services, a reflection of the climate of fear gripping the country’s Christian minority in the wake of twin Palm Sunday bombings at Coptic churches that left at least 45 people dead. Tawadros had already announced that, because of the mourning over the attacks, celebratory aspects of Easter observances would be cancelled.
Bishop Angaelos of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom says Christians in Egypt are concerned and saddened, but added “I haven’t heard the word fear used by anybody.” The Church in Egypt is preparing for a more somber Easter, after attacks on Palm Sunday left at least 45 people dead.
As violence against Christians reaches a climax in Egypt, an Islamic State group affiliate released a video vowing more attacks on the country’s Christians, which he identified as the group’s “favorite prey.” The video shows the suicide bomber who killed nearly 30 people when he attacked a packed church in December.
During the 92 days Wadie Ramses was held captive in the Egyptian desert, blindfolded and handcuffed, the most terrifying moments came when he could overhear his radical Muslim kidnappers debating whether to behead the Christian doctor or keep him alive to collect a ransom.
CAIRO, Egypt — Andraous Oweida, a 44-year-old construction worker and father of two, has vivid memories of the night of Oct. 9, 2011, when the Egyptian army assaulted a massive crowd of Christian protestors in the Maspero neighborhood of Cairo, killing 22 people and leaving dozens severely wounded. Oweida was