In an interview with Aid to the Church in Need, Bishhop Kyrillos Samaan, expressed his great joy in the midst of the persecution Christians have recently faced in Egypt. He believes that Christians will not be forced out of Egypt because the “Middle East without its Christian minorities would longer be the Middle East.” The Pope’s visit to Egypt was also a great encouragement because he assured the church in Egypt that they are not alone but supported by Christians worldwide. Despite the persecution of Christians in Egypt there is hope that the Church will endure.
2017-05-25 Egypt (ACN) –
Q) What is the significance of being a Christian in Egypt today?
A) The significance of being a Christian in Egypt can be found in the joy of being salt, salt that is the giver of life, that gives life flavour. It is the sourdough that leavens a handful of flour – in the sense that it changes society and makes a difference. The gospel does not deceive us when Christ says, “If they have persecuted me, then they will also persecute you. But have no fear, for I will be with you, and no one will take your joy from you.” This is a joy that we experience even in times of persecution and sorrow.
Q) What dangers does a Christian in Egypt face?
A) The challenge lies in the fact that just being a Christian already presents an obstacle. This is because an extremist group believes that redemption is only possible through one religion, through Islam. This minority has a negative impact on the lives of Christians. Because it pursues the goal of destroying them. However, we are confident in the words of Jesus, “But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.”