Giving hope to persecuted Christians since 1995
Select Page

Will Christians Survive in the ‘New Egypt’?

Copts wonder what the post-Mubarak era will bring. Egypt’s original Christian community hopes for end of bombings, killings, while Evangelical Christians long for an end to official harassment.

By Michelle Chabin

2/16/2011 Egypt (National Catholic Register) – Egyptian Christians and their friends abroad are anxiously waiting to see whether the fall of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s regime will benefit them or harm them.

Comprising roughly 10% of Egypt’s 84 million citizens, many Christians — the community includes an estimated 250,000 Catholics — actively took part in the demonstrations that ultimately led to the ouster of the longtime Egyptian leader.

Now that Mubarak is gone, it remains to be seen what kind of government will be formed in the coming months, and whether, as some predict, Islamic political parties will play a larger role in the future.

Christian leaders in Egypt say they are both hopeful and anxious about their communities’ future.

“I am both, but I would say the predominant feeling is one of hope,” Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald, the papal nuncio to Egypt, said in an interview from Cairo. Archbishop Fitzgerald said there has been “great solidarity” between Christians and Muslims since the beginning of the demonstrations. “I hope this will continue in the ‘New Egypt.’ Of course, a certain amount of uncertainty remains.”

Much to Offer

Sameh Maurice, pastor of the Kasr El Dobara Evangelical Church in Cairo, expressed hope that the revolution will put an end to the kidnappings and beatings carried out against members of Egypt’s 600,000-strong evangelical community by the country’s internal security forces. 

“We Christians, and especially evangelicals, have been treated harshly by the secret police. Some of us have been kidnapped, and Muslim converts to Christianity have been badly beaten by the secret police,” Maurice said.

[Full Story]