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Minya Copts ask to open church, police say get Salafis to agree "Arabic" PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 23 October 2014

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أقباط المنيا يطالبو بفتح كنيسة مغلقة والأمن: خدوا موافقة السلفيين!

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المنيا - ملاك فوزي غالي

قال القس "ميلاد شحاتة" راعي الكنيسة المعمدانية بقرية الحوصلية التابعة لمركز المنيا: أنه مر على إغلاق الكنيسة ما يزيد على 6 سنوات، ورغم تقديمه للعديد من الطلبات والشكاوي لجهات أمنية وحقوقية دون جدوى، وجاءه الرد بأن الحالة الأمنية لا تسمح بفتح الكنيسة وأن إعادة فتحها يتسبب في أزمة طائفية في المنطقة.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 October 2014 )
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AbdelReheem Ali Writes about the kidnapped Christian woman "Arabic" PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 October 2014

عبد الرحيم على يكتب : هوامش على أزمة سيدة "جبل الطير" القبطية

عبد الرحيم على يكتب : هوامش على أزمة سيدة جبل الطير القبطية

الأزمة قديمة لكنها متجددة، تطل برأسها لتؤرقنا من وقت إلى آخر، دون أن نصل فيها إلى حل، أو تصل هى إلى نهاية، أتحدث تحديدًا عن أزمة السيدة "إيمان صاروفيم"، المعروفة إعلاميًّا بأزمة "سيدة جبل الطير".. التى ملأت الدنيا وشغلت الناس، وتداخلت المعلومات فيها مع الآراء والتحليلات، حتى أصبحت الحالة ضبابية تمامًا، رغم أن مثل هذه الحوادث لا تحتاج إلا إلى الشفافية المطلقة، والمواجهة الحاسمة، التى لا بد أن نقدر عليها فى قادم أيام هذا الوطن، الذى ندخل به جميعًا عصرًا جديدًا، نصنعه بأيدينا.

كانت أزمة "إيمان صاروفيم" على وشك أن تعصف بالوطن.

بدأت حكايتها بحالة اختفاء من منزلها بإحدى قرى محافظة المنيا منذ الثالث من شهر سبتمبر الجارى، على الفور وربما دون بحث أو سؤال، سارع زوجها باتهام أحد أفراد قريتهم من المسلمين بخطفها، إنها الصيغة الأسهل التى يلجأ إليها من يجد نفسه فى هذا الموقف، وكانت النتيجة طبيعية، صدامات عنيفة بين المسلمين والأقباط جعلت المحافظة على شفا الاشتعال، وكان لا بد أن تقتحم أجهزة الأمن قلب الأزمة حتى لا تتحول إلى كارثة متكاملة.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 October 2014 )
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The Christian woman returned after kidnap to convert her "Arabic" PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 27 September 2014

 

بالصور.. سيدة جبل الطير تكشف تفاصيل اختفائها لمدة 22 يومًا

بالصور.. سيدة  جبل الطير  تكشف تفاصيل اختفائها لمدة 22 يومًا 

علاء الدين المنياوي

عادت إيمان مرقص صاروفيم، 39 سنة، ربة منزل القبطية المختفية بقرية دير الجبل الطير التابعة لمركز سمالوط، شمال المنيا إلي منزل زوجها أمس الجمعة، بعد 22 يوم من اختفائها.

كانت قرية جبل الطير قد شهدت احداث عنف متبادلة بين الشرطة وعدد من شباب الأقباط، الذين قاموا بالتجمع امام نقطة شرطة جبل الطير بسمالوط، والاعتداء على القوة الموجودة بإلقاء الحجارة والمولوتوف، اعتراضا على اختفاء ربه المنزل القبطية والأم لـ 3 أبناء.

وأسفرت الاعتداءات عن إصابة 3 أمناء شرطة واتلاف 3سيارت أمن، وعلى الفور انتقلت للقرية قوة أمنية من مركز شرطة سمالوط بقيادة المقدم محمود الجيار رئيس وحدة المباحث، والرائد هشام بشر مفتش مباحث سمالوط، والنقيب عبد العزيز فرحات معاون المباحث، والنقيب هاني عجلان معاون المباحث، حيث قاموا بتفريق الشباب إلى الشوارع الجانبية بالقرية، بإلقاء قنابل الغاز عليهم، وضبط 12 من بينهم، تم إخلاء سبيلهم بعد فترة.

وتوصلت التحريات الأولية إلى أن السيدة المختفية ارتدت كامل مجوهراتها، ثم تركت منزلها بحجة شراء بعض الأغراض.

وقالت إيمان أنها تعرضت لحدث اختطاف تحت تهديد السلاح أثناء خروجها من منزل والدتها، وتم رش مخدر على وجهها لم تستفق منه إلا عند وصولها القاهرة.

وأضافت أن خاطفيها قاموا بخطفها في سيارة متسوبيشي لانسر لونها كحولي، وقاموا بإخفائها في مكان ما داخل محافظة السويس وحاولوا تعليمها الدين الإسلامي عن طريق منتقبتين كانتا تتواجدان معها بالمنزل، وحاولتا تحفيظها القرآن الكريم إلا أنها كانت ترفض حسب روايتها.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 October 2014 )
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Noted Convert in Egypt, Hegazy, Sentenced to Five Years PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 25 June 2014

 

Noted Convert in Egypt, Formerly Known as Hegazy, Sentenced to Five Years in Prison

Mohamed Hegazy, now known as Bishoy Armia, though not legally

(Morning Star News) – A judge in Egypt yesterday sentenced Bishoy Armia Boulous – formerly Mohammed Hegazy, the first Egyptian to try to legally change his religious identity on his official ID – to five years in prison, his attorney said.

The 31-year-old Christian received the prison term and a fine of 500 Egyptian pounds (US$70) for what the judge called “disturbing the peace by broadcasting false information” after documenting political unrest in Egypt brought on by numerous Muslim extremist attacks on Christians, attorney Wagdy Halfa said.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 October 2014 )
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Egyptian Copt jailed for contempt of religion PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Egyptian Copt jailed for contempt of religion

June 24, 2014 04:03 PM

By Hagag Salama 

Unidentified Egyptians throw stones towards Coptic Christians during sectarian clashes outside the Egyptian Coptic cathedral in Cairo's Abbassiya neighborhood April 7, 2013. (AFP PHOTO)

Unidentified Egyptians throw stones towards Coptic Christians during sectarian clashes outside the Egyptian Coptic cathedral in Cairo's Abbassiya neighborhood April 7, 2013. (AFP PHOTO

LUXOR: A court convicted an Egyptian Christian to six years imprisonment for blasphemy and contempt of religion Tuesday.

The Luxor court issued its verdict against Kerolos Ghattas, 30, after his arrest earlier this month for posting pictures deemed insulting to Islam on his Facebook page.

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Over 550 Christian girls kidnapped in Egypt since 2011 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2014

God Reports 

Over 550 Christian girls kidnapped in Egypt since 2011

 

 

By Mark Ellis

Nadia Makram

Nadia Makram, kidnapped

The world reacted in horror and revulsion at the kidnapping of 276 Nigerian schoolgirls in April. But twice as many Coptic Christian schoolgirls in Egypt have vanished slowly, one-by-one, in kidnappings that remain unsolved.

Since January, 2011 through March, 2014, over 550 Christian girls were kidnapped by Muslim men and forced to convert and marry their abductors, often after suffering violence at the hands of their kidnappers, according to the Association of Victims of Abduction and Forced Disappearance (AVAFD)

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 18 June 2014 )
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Commitment to Egypt’s Constitution Questioned after ‘Blasphemy’ Charge PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Commitment to Egypt’s New Constitution Questioned after ‘Blasphemy’ Charge

Christian on trial for ‘liking’ Facebook page run by converts from Islam.

By Our Middle East Correspondent -
 
Knights of the Cross Facebook site. (Morning Star News screen-grab)

Knights of the Cross Facebook site. (Morning Star News screen-grab)

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – Charges of “blasphemy” against a Christian in Egypt for “liking” a Facebook page run by converts from Islam call into question the government’s commitment to a new constitution guaranteeing freedom of belief and thought, rights activists said.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 October 2014 )
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Coptic Teacher Loses Appeal, Sentenced to Prison in Egypt for ‘Blasphemy’ PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Coptic Teacher Loses Appeal, Sentenced to Prison in Egypt for ‘Blasphemy’

Falsely accused woman likely to remain in permanent exile, advocates say.

By Our Middle East Correspondent -

Demyana Abd al-Nour. (Morning Star News via family) 

Demyana Abd al-Nour. (Morning Star News via family)

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – A Coptic woman has lost her appeal of what human rights activists call a false conviction for blaspheming Islam and has been sentenced to six months in an Egytian prison.

The appellate court ruling, handed down on Sunday (June 15), shocked the Christian woman, 25-year-old Demyana Abd al-Nour, her family and human rights advocates. As Al-Nour fled the country last year, the ruling practically guarantees that she will spend the rest of her life in exile from Egypt.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 25 June 2014 )
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Gunmen Attack Christian Wedding in Egypt, 3 Killed, 18 Injured PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 21 October 2013
 
Gunmen Attack Christian Wedding in Egypt, 3 Killed, 18 Injured
 
By Mary Abdelmassih

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(AINA) -- Two unidentified gunmen riding motorcycles opened fire on guests exiting the Virgin Church, located in Warrag, Giza. The gunmen fired automatic weapons as the guests exited the church after attending a wedding ceremony. According to Reverend Justus, the pastor of the church, one man, one women and one 8 year old girl were killed, and 18 were injured.

Reverend Justus said the gunmen were masked and were able to flee despite traffic congestion.

The Director of Giza Security formed a task force to find the gunmen. The Corniche Road leading to the area was evacuated. The attack is yet to be classified as "criminal" or "terrorist."

A youtube video (Arabic) shows scenes from the church after the attack.

By Mary Abdelmassih

 
Gunmen kill 3 people outside Cairo church PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 21 October 2013
    
Gunmen kill 3 people outside Cairo church

By Jay Deshmukh (AFP) –  

Cairo — Gunmen on a motorbike shot dead three people late Sunday, including an eight-year-old girl, as they fired on a group outside a Coptic Christian church in Cairo, Egypt's interior ministry said.

The attack was the first such assault targeting Christians in the Egyptian capital since the military coup that ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi on July 3.

It targeted a group of people who had emerged from the church in north Cairo's Al-Warak neighbourhood after attending a wedding, the ministry said.

It said an eight-year-old girl, a woman and a man were killed and nine others were wounded in the attack.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 22 October 2013 )
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Persecuted and forgotten: Egypt's Christians PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 16 October 2013

 

Persecuted and forgotten: Egypt's Christians

Anti-Christian violence is on the rise in Egypt. Just a month ago, 45 churches and buildings were burned to the ground. But will Egyptian security forces do anything to stop it?

Standing next to a charred alter, the white robes of a nun of Middle Eastern descent contrast strikingly with the black, burned-out shell of a former Franciscan school. (Photo: Markus Symank / DW)

Charred benches, notebooks covered in ash, the burned-out shell of a schoolbus. The Franciscan school in the upper Egyptian city of Beni Suef looks like the aftermath of a bomb attack. Toilets and sinks are shattered into fragments. The melted blades of fans hang from the ceiling.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 16 October 2013 )
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Report about burning churches 14/8 by Muslim Brotherhood "Arabic" PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 16 October 2013

 

"اليوم السابع"ينشر نص تقرير لجنة تقصى الحقائق لبعثة المركز المصرى للسياسات حول أربعاء التعدى على الكنائس بعد فض اعتصامى ميدانى رابعة والنهضة..الخسائر بالملايين..والدولة تقاعست

 حرق الكنائس

كتب محمد عبد الرازق

فى صباح يوم الأربعاء الموافق 14 أغسطس الماضى، كان اليوم الذى انتظره أغلب المصريين سواء بخوف أو بأمنيات، لم يكن يعلم أحد بشكل قاطع كيف سيكون حال البلاد بعد فض اعتصامى ميدانى رابعة والنهضة، توجهت جل كاميرات الإعلام إلى هذين الميدانين وقاموا بتغطية وتحليل المشهد وتوصيف الحال والتنبؤ بالمستقبل.

وفى الوقت الذى كان أغلب المصريين يشاهدون شاشات التليفزيون لصور محيط ميدان رابعة والنهضة بمشاعر متخبطة، كانت ميكروفونات المساجد والجمعيات الشرعية فى صعيد مصر يعلو صوتها خارقًا صمت القرى بنداءات طائفية تدعو إلى الدفاع عن الإسلام والانتقام للمسلمين من مسيحيى مصر.

ونتيجة لهذه الدعوات كانت أكبر هجمة على مسيحى مصر فى التاريخ المصرى المعاصر، فدمرت وسرقت وحرقت الكنائس، والمنازل والسيارات والدراجات البخارية والمحال التجارية والأكشاك والجمعيات الأهلية والمراكب السياحية، بل وذاد على ذلك قتل وتنكيل بعدد من المواطنين المسيحيين فى صعيد مصر.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 16 October 2013 )
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Egypt: Christians scapegoated after dispersal of pro-Morsi sit-ins PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 12 October 2013

 

Egypt: Christians scapegoated after dispersal of pro-Morsi sit-ins

Coptic Christian communities have been targeted in Egypt.

Coptic Christian communities have been targeted in Egypt.

It is deeply disturbing that the Christian community across Egypt was singled out for revenge attacks over the events in Cairo by some supporters of the deposed president, Mohamed Morsi.

Source: Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa.

A detailed report into the attacks targeting Coptic Christian communities in August reveals the extent of the failure of the security services to protect the minority group, said Amnesty International.

The new report published today examines events during the unprecedented wave of sectarian attacks in the wake of the dispersal of two pro-Morsi sit-ins in Cairo on 14 August.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 October 2014 )
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Egypt rights group demands report on Maspero massacre PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 October 2013

 

Egypt rights group demands report on Maspero massacre

Human Rights group demands results of fact-finding committee under Morsi on anniversary of Maspero massacre

Ahram Online

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Egyptian Christians clash with soldiers and riot police during a protest against an attack on a church in southern Egypt, in Cairo October 9, 2011. (Photo: Reuters)

Two years on, 'We are Following You with the Report' (WFYR) demands justice for the Maspero massacre’s slain on Wednesday, marking the anniversary of the bloody night when 25 civilians were killed in clashes with the army.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 10 October 2013 )
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Coptic Bishop Escapes Assassination Attempt in Egypt PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 01 October 2013
Coptic Bishop Escapes Assassination Attempt in Egypt

By Mary Abdelmassih

(AINA) -- Bishop Anba Makarios of Minya was the target of an unsuccessful assassination attempted this morning. The Bishop was driving into the town of el-Sario in Abou Qorqas, Minya province, when his car came under a hail of bullets from several unidentified persons. The Bishop's driver was able to drive away and he brought the Bishop to the home of a local Copt, where the Bishop took refuge. But the gunmen followed, surrounded the Copt's house and shot at it for over 90 minutes, causing extensive damage to its windows, doors and walls.

Minya security were contacted immediately but they arrived 90 minutes after the shooting stopped.

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Muslims Expel 6 Christian Brothers From Village in Egypt PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 30 September 2013

 

Muslims Expel 6 Christian Brothers From Village in Egypt

By Mary Abdelmassih 

(AINA) -- Violence against Egyptian Christians erupted yesterday in the village of Zakaria, located in the Upper Egyptian province of Minya. Zakaria has a population of 4000, split evenly between Christians and Muslims. The violence began after a Muslim family accused Kirollos Sabet, 22, of having an illicit relationship with a Muslim woman, also 22.

According to a statement by Anba Makarios, Bishop of Minya, Muslim villagers assembled where the family of Mr. Sabet lives, broke into their furniture and household appliances stores, looted its contents and then destroyed it, looted an adjacent electrical appliances warehouse and a family-owned taxi. Security forces arrived in the village to restore order, but loud speakers were inciting sedition, and hard-line Muslims prowled the streets of the village throwing stones at Coptic homes and calling for revenge.

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A mother kidnap her children and convert them to Islam by force "Arabic" PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 17 September 2013

   

بعد تحويلها للإسلام.. أم تخطف طفليها وتُجيرهم على تغيير ديانتهم بالقوة.. والأب يستغيث بالأزهر والكنيسة والداخلية لإستعادتهم

كشفت رابطة ضحايا الاختطاف والإختفاء القسري، قيام هناء عبده كامل بيشوي، بتغيير ديانتها من المسيحية إلى الإسلام، وأجبرت في ذلك طفليها «فيلوباتير مجدى عطية، وفادى مجدي عطية» أعمارهم خسمة سنوات وثمانية سنوات، على تغيير ديانتهم وأسمائهم إلى كريم وياسين، وإتهم والدهم في ذلك الأم، بأنها قامت بخطفهم وإجبارهم على ذلك العمل.

وقام والد الطفلين مجدي عطية تجره جاد الله، بإرسال إستغاثات إلى فضيلة الدكتور احمد الطيب شيخ الأزهر الشريف، وإلى قداسة البابا تواضروس الثاني، وإلى وزارة الداخلية المصرية لمساعدته في إستعادة أطفاله، متهماً والدتهم بخطفهم بالقوة وتغيير ديانتهم إجبارياً، متحدية في ذلك القانون، وهو ما يشير إلى أنهم قد تعرضوا للضرب او الاعتداء لإجبارهم على هذا الفعل الإجرامي الذي يعتبر وطبقا للقانون، تعدي على حقوق الأطفال.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 17 September 2013 )
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Egyptian authorities recapture Islamist-held town PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 16 September 2013

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Egyptian authorities recapture Islamist-held town

Morsi supporters had held Delga since his overthrow in July and unleashed a campaign of terror against Christian minority

Attacks on Christians in Egypt

Men inspect damage to the 1,600-year-old monastery of the Virgin Mary and St Abraam in Delga, one of many Christian properties that were attacked in the town. Photograph: Rex/Levine/Sipa

Egyptian authorities have finally recaptured a town in central Egypt that had been under the control of hardline supporters of ex-president Mohamed Morsi for more than two months, locals have told the Guardian.

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Compilation of Footages Showing Infringements by Muslim PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 26 August 2013

Compilation of Footages Showing Infringements Committed by Muslim
Brotherhood Members (MBs) and Morsi Supporters

تجميع لبعض اللقطات التى توضح الانتهاكات التى يقوم بها الإخوان وأنصار
الرئيس المعزول محمد مرسى
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1. MB Leader Walid Khattab: We will drown the streets in blood and,
for us, killing police officers is allowed.
القيادي الإخواني وليد خطاب: سنغرق الشوارع "بالدم".. وضباط الشرطة
والجيش ليس لهم عندنا دية
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tm887hVNM-A

2. A Morsi Supporter threatens to set the country on fire
أحد أنصار مرسي يهدد "بحرق البلاد" بعد القبض عليه في "النهضة"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6g49VlsGtd0

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Egypt's Christians under attack PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 August 2013

 

Egypt's Christians under attack

Copts bear the brunt of violent backlash against military crackdown

Egyptian churches attacked

The Amir Tadros coptic Church in Minya on Sunday. The building was set ablaze on Aug. 14.

The Amir Tadros coptic Church in Minya on Sunday. The building was set ablaze on Aug. 14.Virginie Nguyen Hoang/AFP/Getty Images

The scene inside the Evangelical church in Mallawi, Egypt, August Saturday, after it was looted and set on fire. David Degner/Getty Image

Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 August 2013 )
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'Horrible': Christian churches across Egypt stormed, torched PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 19 August 2013

CNN 

'Horrible': Christian churches across Egypt stormed, torched

By Sarah Sirgany and Laura Smith-Spark, CNN

Watch this video 

Egypt's churches looted and torched

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • A Christian church southwest of Cairo is attacked, state news says
  • Moderate Muslims put out fire at one church, halted other attacks, church staff say
  • A Coptic Orthodox Church leader says 52 churches have been attacked in 24 hours
  • Bishop: "It's about burning churches to initiate a response that spirals into greater violence"

 

Kafr Hakim, Egypt (CNN) -- For 67 years, the Virgin Mary Church has been a peaceful refuge for Shenouda El Sayeh, much like the Giza province village of Kafr Hakim where it rests and where he has lived all those years.

But, as he swept its floors on Thursday, it was painfully obvious things had changed.

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