Patriarchs and heads of churches from all over Jerusalem have praised those in Egypt who are facing violence and bloodshed but have maintained their faith and spoken out against the violence. They are now calling on both Muslims and Christians to unite in opposition of terrorists inciting violence throughout the nation.
Vladimir Bulygin, head of the Constitutional Legislation Committee of Russia's Federation Council, has called on the Russian government to defend Syrian Christians and to seek the help of the international community.
The turmoil currently taking place in Egypt is not a political struggle, but rather a war by all Egyptians against terrorism, according to H.H. Patriarch Ibrahim Isaac, head of the Coptic Catholic Church in Egypt.
Islamists have demolished and looted the archaeological monastery of Virgin Mary and Anba Abraam in the Delga village, Deir Mawas, Minya in southern Egypt and said they would turn the monastery into a mosque for prayers on Friday.
The Egyptian Cabinet has expressed its frustration over the horrific death toll stemming from the clashes on Wednesday and urged those who participated in the sit-ins to return to the "national conscience."
Dr. Sekina Fouad, a journalist and presidential advisor for women's affairs, has denounced the attacks being made on churches and Christian Copts' houses in Egypt, which she described as an attempt to disrupt the Egyptian state's unity.
The Egyptian Socialist Party expressed its grave disappointment at the complacency shown by authorities in their handling of issues dealing with the terrorization of Egypt's Christian Copts, in what many feel is an attempt to drag the country's religious minorities into a sectarian conflict.
Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) has revealed this week that Mostafa Bordbar, a Christian convert in Iran, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison in Middle Eastern country for being part of an "anti-security organization" and "gathering with intent to commit crimes against Iranian national security."
Dr. Kamil Sedik, secretary of the Congregational Council in Alexandria, has condemned repeated attacks by Islamist groups against Coptic Christians in Egypt, saying that authorities are permitting the violence by not providing adequate security for vulnerable Copts.
An horrific attack has taken place against Egypt's Christian Coptic community, after several unidentified individuals indiscriminately opened fire in front of the Evangelical church in Ain Shams, a suburb of Cairo, killing Jessi Paulis Issa, 10, and injuring dozens of Copts.
The Egyptian Committee for the Civil State issued a statement on Monday stating that repeated attacks against Coptic Christians are due to sectarian speeches given by radical Islamists in Rabaa Adaweya Square.
The Dostour or Constitution Party, in Minya, Upper Egypt has called on Egypt's Prosecutor General to quickly start an investigation into the repeated attacks on Coptic Christians in the Raida and Bani Ahmed el-Sharqiya villages, which have resulted in the burning of a number of houses, shops and cars owned by Copts.
Supporters of Egypt's former President Mohamed Morsi have attacked several houses owned by Copts in Minya's village of Badraman, Upper Egypt, during their demonstrations recently. The protests were held to express their support for the former president.
A Christian activist from the predominantly Christian area of Ankawa, Erbil, in the capital of the Kurdistan Region in Iraq, has revealed that journalist Jinan Bolous, editor-in-chief of Beth Ankawa, a local newspaper, was recently threatened - setting a dangerous precedent in the volatile region.
A number of Egyptian politicians have denounced the threats launched by Muslim Brotherhood leaders against Copts, in an attempt to prevent them from demonstrating on Friday. This came after Gen. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Minister of Defense and Military Production, called on Egyptian citizens to help fight terrorism.
Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, president of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), has told U.S. lawmakers that Christians in Nigeria are an endangered species, and that it has now become "open season" on Christians in the African nation.
Egyptian political writer Mamoun Fandy suggested forming a non-governmental organization called "Muslims for Christians" to work on monitoring and documenting sectarian practices against Christians in Egypt and make "the protection of their rights a duty for every Muslim Egyptian."