• Pope Francis goes to Egypt as a “messenger of peace”

    Pope Francis goes to Egypt as a “messenger of peace”

    • Apr 25, 2017

    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.

  • Fear and grief mar Easter Mass celebrations in Egypt

    • Apr 16, 2017

    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.

  • Coptic bishop: Christians in Egypt concerned, but no one says “fear”

    • Apr 15, 2017

    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.