Fire Erupts in Egyptian Church

ICC Note: An accidental fire which erupted in a Cairo church was extinguished after a nearby mosque used its speakers to call those on the streets to help put out the fire. Such an incident is a positive example of how the religious divide within Egypt can be bridged. Sadly, this is far from the reality in Upper Egypt, where most of the country’s Christians live. They suffer daily incidents of violence and harassment which goes unchecked by the authorities.         

06/13/2018 Egypt (Fides) – The flames of an accidental fire burst in a church in the middle of the night which led to the imam of the nearby mosque to use the speakers of the Muslim place of worship to sound the alarm and call everyone to intervene to extinguish the flames. This is what happened in Shubra al Khaymah, in the northern area of the great urban area of Cairo, during the night between 10 and 11 June.

Around midnight, the flames reached the wooden scaffolding put up for the works of reconstruction around the Orthodox Coptic church of Anba Makar. The alarm in the neighborhood was launched by Sheikh El Jamea, imam of the nearby mosque, who called the population to intervene to try and extinguish the fire. Among the first to rush and to try to contain the damage caused by the flames were many young Muslims who were eating together.

Anba Morcos, Coptic Orthodox Bishop of Shubra al Khaymah, publicly thanked the imam for the promptness of his intervention, presented now by Egyptian media as a concrete example of the spontaneous attitude of the Egyptian people to build social relations of peaceful and supportive coexistence.

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