MidEast Christian News
Today, Egyptians celebrate the Spring Festival, or Shame el-Nessim, an ancient Egyptian festival in which Egyptians celebrated the New Year and the start of the spring season.
Dr. Mohamed Nabil Gamie, an intellectual and professor at Alexandria University, said the recent statements made by the Muslim Brotherhood's Mufti prohibiting the congratulations of Copts during their holiday reflect a lack of religious knowledge.1 comments
Mohamed Abu Samra, secretary-general of the Islamic Jihad Party, made the claim that "it is permissible to kill some Christians today," then gave his argument defending such a position.
Deputy Chairperson of Egypt's Nour Party Sayed Mustafa stated that Muslims should not congratulate Copts during their holiday since they are of two different faiths.
Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria called for enforcement of the law upon everyone in society without discrimination.
Following the fatwa issued by a Muslim Brotherhood mufti, congratulating Copts on the Easter holiday was prohibited.
During his first interview since the attack against St. Mark's Cathedral, Coptic Patriarch H.H. Pope Tawadros II said that Christians in Egypt are being ignored by the country's government.
Local reports indicate that an unidentified gunmen kidnapped a Coptic man and his son in the North Sinai border city of Rafah, late Thursday night, as they were returning to their home.Tags Crime
The head of the Free Egyptians Party (FEP), Dr. Ahmed Said, has revealed that he has an eyewitness account of the April 7 attack on St. Mark's Cathedral in Cairo.
The Syriac Gathering Movement, a political party in Iraq, has condemned the kidnapping of Archbishop Yohanna Ibrahim of Aleppo's Metropolitan of the Syriac Orthodox Church and Archbishop Paul Yazigi, of Aleppo's Metropolitan of the Greek Orthodox Church.1 comments
Bishops from several European countries are criticizing Saudi Minister of Justice, Mohamed el-Eissi, after he insisted that "the cradle of the Muslim sanctities will not allow the establishment of any other places of worship."9 comments
Former Lebanese Minister Wadie el-Khazen, Head of the Public Maronite Council, rebuked the kidnapping of his brother, Aleppo Archbishop for the Greek Orthodox, Paul Yazigi, and Aleppo Archbishop for the Syriac Orthodox Church, John Ibrahim.
Dr. Omar el-Sebakhi, head of the Assembly of Human Rights Supporters' (AHRS) and professor at the University of Alexandria's Faculty of Engineering, said that the attacks on Copts have significantly increasing in the recent period.Tags Religious Freedom
In light of the attacks on St. Mark's Cathedral, a fact-finding committee demanded the dismissal of Maj. Gen. Mohamed Ibrahim, Minister of Interior, insisting that charges be brought against him for failing to carry out his role and preserve public security.
Said Abdel Hafez, head of the Dialogue Forum for Development and Human Rights, recently stated that comments made by Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi indicating there are no sectarian incidents in Egypt is a "lie" because he knows the essence of civil and political rights is the right to freedom of belief and worship.Tags Persecution