Wednesday, October 30th, 2013
A committee working on amending Egypt's 2012 constitution recently reported that it will be adopting a measure that would forever end constitutional restrictions against the construction of new churches. Under President Mohammed Morsi, very few churches were given license by the government to even repair damaged the churches sustained in riots. Hopefully this new measured will be the beginning of a new time in Egypt that is …
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Monday, October 28th, 2013
A committee tasked with working on the suspended 2012 Egyptian constitution adopted a measure on Sunday that would bring an end to Constitutional restrictions that regulate the construction of new churches in Egypt. This development would mark a major change on Egypt's historical stance towards the construction of new churches and religious freedom. Please pray that this measure is written into law.
Monday, October 28th, 2013
Christians affected by the October 20 drive-by shooting at a wedding in a Cairo suburb continue to recover both physically and emotionally. Several families lost loved ones, including several children that were killed in the attack on the church. Many of the victims have turned to their Christian faith to seek peace and recovery. One man who considered himself only a nominal Christian has found his faith renewed by the attack. Please pray for these persecuted Christians.
Thursday, August 22nd, 2013
According to the latest reports, 42 churches have been attacked and dozens have been destroyed as hard-liners within Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood party continue to lash out against the countries minority Coptic Christian population. Homes, schools, businesses and other institutions have also been targeted by extremists. One monastery in Egypt was forced to cancel its weekly mass due to the security threat. This was the first time the monastery canceled Mass in over 1,600 years. Please pray for the persecuted in Egypt.
Wednesday, August 21st, 2013
Attacks against Christians in Egypt have dramatically intensified since the military invaded two protest camps in Cairo, killing hundreds of Morsi supporters in a single day. Enraged mobs of Muslim Brotherhood supporters have turned their fury against Christians living in Egypt, who make up 10% of the population. Seen as supporters of the military's ouster of Morsi, Christians have been scapegoated by hard-liners within the Muslim Brotherhood. Although attacks on churches and other Christian institutions has dramatically escalated in the past week, the military and police have done little to protect Christians. Caught in the middle, Christian in Egypt have been forced to hide as mobs attack their places of worship, businesses and even homes.
Thursday, July 4th, 2013
International Christian Concern (ICC) continues to follow the developing situation in Egypt as Mohamed Morsi has been removed from office and an interim government has been put in place to meet the demands of the millions of Egyptians who had called for his departure from office. The head of the Egyptian Armed Forces, along with leaders from Egypt’s religious communities and opposition groups delivered a statement Wednesday night that effectively brought an end to the one-year rule of Mohamed Morsi and laid out what has been called a “road map” for the future.
Thursday, June 13th, 2013
“Coptic Christians in Egypt continue to live with discrimination, oppression and persecution from the Islamic majority. Muslim attacks on Christians, random and unprovoked, are based on jihad and often sanctioned by the state. Coptic victims are often hauled off to jail for the crimes committed against them.” Christians have never received an apology and Muslims rarely are punished for their actions—which has only emboldened radical Muslims to continue persecuting Christians.
Tuesday, June 11th, 2013
Two USCIRF members highlight the numerous ways in which the government of Mohammed Morsi over the past 12 months has failed to live up to the hopes many had for him. Particularly in relation to religious freedom the government has not only not improved but has seen a decrease of religious freedom in many respects. Government policies have been part of a culture that has provoked numerous violent attacks against the country’s Christian minority and other religious groups.
Sunday, June 9th, 2013
Egyptian President Morsi handed down a decision to allow for the building of a Church in northern Egypt. This is the first such decision since he took office in June 2012. It is a small positive step amidst growing abuses being suffered by Egyptians Christian population. Christians are facing persecution through both legal prosecutions and societal violence. The Morsi government may be trying to regain some support ahead of a planned large demonstration.
Friday, June 7th, 2013
Hundreds of Christians gathered to protest in support of a group of Coptic Christians who were attacked while visiting a monastery in southern Egypt. Father Bakhomious was able to provide refuge for the group inside the monastery, protecting them from the assailants who came with knives and clubs. Details are still developing in this story, but it is another example that the violence faced by Christians throughout Egypt is a cause for great concern.
Tuesday, June 4th, 2013
Egyptian human rights groups speak out to condemn the 1 year prison sentence given to Christian lawyer Romani Murad Saad. Christians are increasingly becoming the target of legal prosecution. “Such lawsuits have become a weapon of sectarian discrimination and oppression of religious minorities,” the joint statement released by 15 Egyptian human rights groups said.
Thursday, May 30th, 2013
Egypt’s revolution, which hoped to instill democratic change and greater freedoms, has instead given unprecedented freedoms to Islamists—with the Muslim Brotherhood at the forefront—to impose a radical Islamic agenda over Egyptian society. In addition to escalating anti-Christian violence, Egyptians are increasingly struggling to find work. “For out-of-work Christians, finding a job can be especially tough,” World Watch Monitor reports.
Wednesday, May 29th, 2013
Since Egypt’s revolution in 2011, more than 80 Christians have been killed and several churches have been destroyed, prompting more than a hundred thousand Christians to seek immigration and leave their homeland permanently. The revolution, which hoped to instill democratic change and greater freedoms, has instead given unprecedented freedoms to Islamists—with the Muslim Brotherhood at the forefront—to impose a radical Islamic agenda over Egyptian society. Sebastian Kurz, Austrian State Secretary for Integration, recently said that Austrians feel the suffering of Christians in Egypt, especially after the rise of the militant religious currents to power, the Christian Post reports.
Thursday, April 11th, 2013
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Sunday, February 17th, 2013
Thousands of Coptic Christians have reportedly fled or are in the process of fleeing Egypt following the country’s revolution in early-2011. The political rise of Islamist parties and the recent approval of an Islamic-based constitution have left Christians with little hope for their country’s future. In this video, BBC interviews a Coptic Christian family who immigrated to Russia after fleeing persecution in their homeland.
Sunday, December 23rd, 2012
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Friday, December 7th, 2012
Despite violent protests and clashes in the streets of Cairo, the government has vowed to go ahead with the controversial “rushed draft constitution”. The referendum to the constitution “does not offer adequate protection for political or religious freedoms, or equal rights for women” and is of grave concern to Christians in Egypt.