Thousands of Coptic Christians arrived at the Church of the Virgin Mary in Cairo's Waraa neighborhood Monday to pay their respects to four victims who were shot and killed in the same building the night before during a wedding ceremony for three Coptic couples. The attack is the latest among increasing violence towards the Coptic minority from Islamic extremists in the country.
Various chants from funeral attendees could reportedly be heard as hundreds of Copts filed through the church's doors. "With our blood and souls, we will redeem the cross" some chanted as the four funeral caskets were about to be carried into the church, according to the Associated Press.
Some of those attending the tragic ceremony expressed anger towards Sunday night's shooters, yelling: "Justice or to die like them," and "Raise your head, you're Coptic." more >>
A prominent advocate for Coptic Christians has condemned the attack on Copts leaving the Virgin Mary Church in Warraq, Giza, following a wedding last week.
The incident left four Copts dead, including a child, and 18 wounded, including three Muslims.
Maspero Youth Union (MYU) called for a protest in front of the Egyptian cabinet to call on the government to try the Minister of the Interior for what they say is his involvement in the repeated attacks on Christian citizens. more >>
Two Christian pastors were murdered in separate attacks in Kenya on Sunday, officials shared, with one found with a Bible on his lap sitting in a chair, preparing for Sunday morning service.
"We found him with blood oozing from the head," choir member Morris Ali said of Pastor Charles Matole, leader of Mombasa's Vikwatani Redeemed Gospel Church, according to Sapa-AFP.
Ali added that Matole had received death threats by text message before the incident. more >>
Four people, including an eight-year-old girl, were killed outside a wedding ceremony at a Coptic Christian church in Cairo after masked gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire on Sunday night, local officials said.
The attack occurred when guests were leaving the Virgin Mary Church in Cairo's Waraa neighborhood, and is the latest violent incident against Christians in Egypt.
"What is happening is that all of Egypt is being targeted, not just the Christians," said Fr. Dawoud, a priest at the Virgin Mary Church. "Enough! People are getting sick and tired of this." more >>
The Muslim Brotherhood is practicing politics through a terrorist ideology, claims Nabil Metry, a member of the Executive Office of the Regional Association of Non-Governmental Organizations.
However, Metry noted that Egypt's Christian Copts are stronger than any terrorism and will remain in Egypt despite the extreme violence. Metry also noted that violence against Copts and the community increased when the Muslim Brotherhood was ousted from power.
Metry called for the deleting of Article III from Egypt's constitution, which allows Christians and Jews to resort to their own laws with regard to their personal status and choosing of their religious leaders, as well as Article 219 on interpretation of Islamic Shariah principles, according to Mideast Christian News. more >>
A Christian pastor ignored the threat of possible violence to feed 200 poor, disabled Muslims and their relatives to celebrate their holiday of Eid in Kaduna, Nigeria, according to Voice of America.
The pastor, who worked with clerics to provide food to the city's most destitude, was part of a larger team of Muslims and Christians not only to observing the holiday together but also working to end the religious violence that has ravaged the country for years by serving alongside one another.
"We want peace in northern Nigeria, in Nigeria, West Africa, Africa and the world entirely," Pastor Yohanna Buru told Voice of America. more >>