The recent barrage of attacks on Christians in Egypt, including on members and churches of the nation's Coptic denomination, are of a scale unseen in modern times and being described as satanic, according to sources living in the country. The persecution watchdog group, Open Doors USA, says Egypt is engulfed in a furnace of fire and Christians are taking on the brunt force of the attacks.
"The attack against the Christians of Egypt is nothing less than a furious satanic attack that aims at terrorizing Christians, imprisoning them at their homes helplessly with no guarantee of protection so their love, peace, hope and testimony may be neutralized," stated an anonymous Christian leader, whose name is being withheld for security reasons, in a commentary obtained by The Christian Post.
"We, Christians of Egypt, are facing a severe time of persecution and suffering that we may have not witnessed since the Roman times!" the source explained. more >>
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.
Bishop Aghabious of Deir Mawas has sent a call to national and international authorities to request help to save what is remaining of the monastery, which dates back to the fifth century AD.
The bishop said the militants looted most of the valuables and announced they would be converting the monastery into a mosque for Friday prayers. more >>
Following the forceful removal of demonstrators upset over the ousting of former President Mohammad Morsi, supporters's violence continues to mar the country. And it seems the Christian minority in Egypt taking the brunt of the frustration.
Reports from the country reveal that there have been dozens of attacks on Copts, their churches, homes and businesses in recent days.
Bishop Angaelos, the Cairo-born head of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom, revealed that at last count he had heard that 52 churches had been attacked with other unconfirmed reports saying hundreds of Copts had been attacked. more >>
The death toll in Egypt following clashes on Wednesday between Pro-Mohamed Morsi Islamic protesters and government military forces has climbed to 525, officials say, but the real number is suspected to continue to rise in the coming hours and days as the situation becomes clearer.
Officials counting the bodies that have passed through the hospitals have said that the death toll currently stands at 525: with 137 killed at Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque, where government forces tried to force the main protesters' camp out, another 57 dead at clashes at Nahda Square, 29 in the Cairo suburb in Helwan, 198 in other provinces around the country, and 43 security personnel. More than 3,500 people are said to have been injured.
There are strong fears, however, that the real numbers are much higher, with some sources claiming hundreds more could be added to the death toll in the coming days; the Muslim Brotherhood has claimed that as many as 2,000 deaths took place on Wednesday alone. The Brotherhood has blamed excessive government force for the casualties, and has claimed that it has been "non-violent and peaceful." more >>
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."
It stressed the need for a halt to the bloodshed and called on the Muslim Brotherhood and its supporters to end the current violence.
In a statement Wednesday, the cabinet called on the Muslim Brotherhood leaders to stop harming national security and demanded they bear responsibility for the bloodshed and current rioting witnessed in the country. more >>
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.
In her interview with Mideast Christian News, Fouad described the phase experienced by Egypt as "a bloody period at the hands of the MB's terrorist groups."
"There is a scheme to the attacks made on Egypt's national unity," she said. "Which is one considered one of Egypt's main strengths," and added, "Copts of Egypt will not accept any doubts to their loyalty." more >>