The Pope in Egypt



Pope Francis travels to Egypt April 28-29, a trip that takes him to Al-Azhar mosque and university, the most prestigious center of learning in the Sunni Muslim world. It’s a high-wire act, one in which terrorism, Christian/Muslim relations, ecumenism and the fate of persecuted Christians all will be front-and-center. Crux’s John L. Allen Jr. is on the papal plane, so click here for our comprehensive coverage.


  • Francis poses both/and approach to fighting anti-Christian persecution

    Francis poses both/and approach to fighting anti-Christian persecution

    • April 21, 2017

    Most activists in the fight against global anti-Christian persecution are inclined to go on the offensive, calling out offenders, demanding sanctions, and in general not taking things lying down. Pope Francis appears to prefer the carrot over the stick, but it’s possible to see this contrast as both/and — by reaching out so incessantly, Francis may be providing others the chance to push back.

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  • 13 planning attacks on Christians arrested in Egypt

    13 planning attacks on Christians arrested in Egypt

    • April 20, 2017

    Tension rises in Egypt as Pope Francis prepares for his visit to the country on April 28-29. After numerous and violent attacks started in 2013 targeting the Christian community, the government arrested 13 people who were planning attacks against Christians and public institutions in the country.

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  • Ahead of Pope visit, ISIS kills policeman near Egypt Monastery

    Ahead of Pope visit, ISIS kills policeman near Egypt Monastery

    • April 20, 2017

    The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for an attack on the Saint Catherine’s Monastery in Sinai, that killed one policeman and wounded four. The event took place just one week ahead of Pope Francis’s visit to the country and just a week after suicide bombers attacked two Christian churches.

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