Egypt Religion & Spirituality
After a Mosque Massacre, Egypt Strikes Back in Sinai
Egypt Copts to celebrate Christmas after bloody year
Egypt’s grand mufti says bitcoin ‘forbidden’ by Islam
Egypt files murder charges against man held for church attack
Gunman kills 11 in attacks on Coptic church, shop in Egypt
Gunman kills 9 in attack on Egypt church
Egypt church attack: Toll hits 10
Saudi crown prince winds up trip to Egypt with mosque visit
2018-03-07 05:37:17 Cairo - Saudi Arabia's crown prince has wound up his three-day visit to Egypt with a visit to Al-Azhar, the world's foremost seat of learning for Sunni Muslims. Accompanied by Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was given a tour of the mosque at the heart of old Cairo to see the outcome of three years of restoration work financed by a Saudi grant   Read More ...
Saudi crown prince winds up trip to Egypt with mosque visit
2018-03-06 17:42:05 CAIRO (AP) — Saudi Arabia's crown prince has wound up his three-day visit to Egypt with a visit to Al-Azhar, the world's foremost seat of learning for Sunni Muslims. Accompanied by Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was given a tour of the mosque at the heart of old Cairo to see the outcome of three years of restoration work financed by a Saudi grant   Read More ...
Coptic Orthodox to dedicate church to New Martyrs of Libya
2018-02-14 12:25:52 Minya, Egypt, Feb 13, 2018 / 04:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Coptic Orthodox Church will dedicate on Thursday a new church to the 21 Martyrs of Libya, who were beheaded by the Islamic State, three years after their deaths. The church will be opened Feb. 15, according to Fides News Agency. It is located in the village of al-Our in Egypt’s Minya Governorate   Read More ...
After a Mosque Massacre, Egypt Strikes Back in Sinai
2018-02-10 18:09:37 CAIRO — Egypt said its warplanes struck militant targets in North Sinai on Friday night, destroying weapons dumps as ground forces raided militant hide-outs, as part of a major offensive against the Islamic State in one of the group’s most enduring Middle East strongholds. President Abdel Fattah-el Sisi, who is standing for re-election next month, ordered the offensive after Islamic State militants killed at least 311 people in a ruthless gun-and-bomb assault on a mosque in North Sinai on Nov   Read More ...
Egyptian orthodox christians celebrate Christmas eve
2018-01-15 17:08:07 (6 Jan 2018) Coptic Christians in Cairo celebrated Christmas on Saturday by attending Christmas Mass amid tight security. Tens of thousands of soldiers and police were deployed across Egypt to protect minority Christians and their churches on the eve of Orthodox Christmas. The overwhelming majority of Egypt's Christians are members of the Coptic Orthodox Church, which celebrates Christmas on January 7. The latest deadly attack against Christians was on December 29, when a militant opened fire outside a suburban Cairo church, killing at least nine people. A local affiliate of the extremist Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for most attacks on Christians   Read More ...
In Cairo, a Christmas season tinged with sorrow
2018-01-14 12:14:16 Cairo, Egypt, Jan 13, 2018 / 04:02 pm (Aid to the Church in Need).- Marian Nabil Habib recently observed the first anniversary of what she refers to as “the martyrdom of my father.” Nabil Habib was 48; he was among the 29 people who died Dec. 11, 2016, in a suicide attack claimed by ISIS. The targets were worshippers at St   Read More ...
Christians in Egypt celebrate Christmas after year marred by violence
2018-01-07 19:34:14 Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Christians -- joined by President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi -- packed into the heavily fortified Christ’s Nativity Cathedral for Christmas Eve Mass Saturday after a violent year in which they were repeatedly targeted by Islamic State militants. In Cairo and across much of the Muslim majority country, soldiers in full combat gear joined the police in protecting churches, most of which are now equipped with metal detectors   Read More ...
Egypt's Coptic Christians celebrate Christmas amid tight security 
2018-01-07 07:45:14 CAIRO (REUTERS, AFP) - The head of the Coptic Church, Pope Tawadros II, led midnight mass in the cathedral of Egypt's new administrative capital on Saturday (Jan 6), a service attended by President Abdel Fattah al Sisi. The mass, on the eve of Coptic Christmas which is celebrated on Jan 7, was the first to be held in the newly-built cathedral and took place amid tight security   Read More ...
Egypt's Coptic Christians celebrate Christmas amid tight security
2018-01-07 00:00:56 CAIRO: The head of the Coptic Church, Pope Tawadros II, led midnight mass in the cathedral of Egypt's new administrative capital on Saturday, a service attended by President Abdel Fattah al Sisi. The mass, on the eve of Coptic Christmas which is celebrated on Jan. 7, was the first to be held in the newly-built cathedral and took place amid tight security   Read More ...
Egypt's Coptic Christians celebrate Christmas amid tight security
2018-01-06 23:48:16 CAIRO (Reuters) - The head of the Coptic Church, Pope Tawadros II, led midnight mass in the cathedral of Egypt's new administrative capital on Saturday, a service attended by President Abdel Fattah al Sisi. The mass, on the eve of Coptic Christmas which is celebrated on Jan. 7, was the first to be held in the newly-built cathedral and took place amid tight security   Read More ...
Egypt's Coptic Christians celebrate Christmas amid tight security
2018-01-06 23:41:10 CAIRO - The head of the Coptic Church, Pope Tawadros II, led midnight mass in the cathedral of Egypt's new administrative capital on Saturday, a service attended by President Abdel Fattah al Sisi. The mass, on the eve of Coptic Christmas which is celebrated on Jan. 7, was the first to be held in the newly-built cathedral and took place amid tight security   Read More ...
Egypt's Coptic Christians celebrate Christmas amid tight security
2018-01-06 23:40:32 CAIRO (Reuters) - The head of the Coptic Church, Pope Tawadros II, led midnight mass in the cathedral of Egypt’s new administrative capital on Saturday, a service attended by President Abdel Fattah al Sisi. The mass, on the eve of Coptic Christmas which is celebrated on Jan. 7, was the first to be held in the newly-built cathedral and took place amid tight security   Read More ...
Egypt Copts to celebrate Christmas after bloody year
2018-01-06 03:02:40 Police in Egypt are boosting security around churches as Coptic Christians prepare to celebrate Orthodox Christmas Sunday after a year of deadly jihadi attacks targeting the ancient community. More than 100 Christians have been killed in the spate of violence, including a shooting at a church south of Cairo just last week claimed by the Daesh (ISIS) group.Daesh suicide bombers killed more than 40 people in twin church bombings in April and shot dead almost 30 Christians a month later as they headed to a monastery   Read More ...
Egypt Copts to celebrate Christmas after bloody year
2018-01-05 13:39:08 Cairo - Police in Egypt are boosting security around churches as Coptic Christians prepare to celebrate Orthodox Christmas on Sunday after a year of deadly jihadist attacks targeting the ancient community. More than 100 Christians have been killed in the spate of violence, including a shooting at a church south of Cairo just last week claimed by the Islamic State group   Read More ...
Egypt Copts to celebrate Christmas after bloody year
2018-01-05 05:01:57 , Police in Egypt are boosting security around churches as Coptic Christians prepare to celebrate Orthodox Christmas on Sunday after a year of deadly jihadist attacks targeting the ancient community. More than 100 Christians have been killed in the spate of violence, including a shooting at a church south of Cairo just last week claimed by the Islamic State group. Since the military ousted divisive Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013, security forces have sought to quell attacks led by the Egypt branch of IS which has increasingly targeted Christians   Read More ...
Egypt’s grand mufti says bitcoin ‘forbidden’ by Islam
2018-01-02 22:19:17 Egypt’s top Muslim cleric on Monday called for a ban on bitcoin, saying the digital currency is “forbidden” by Islam. Comparing the digital currency to gambling, which is banned in Islam, Shawki Allam issued a fatwa banning bitcoin “due to its direct responsibility in financial ruin for individuals,” according to Egypt’s Al-Ahram daily. Speculators and investors have flocked to the digital currency in recent months as its price has skyrocketed   Read More ...
Egypt files murder charges against man held for church attack
2018-01-02 16:08:09 Egypt's public prosecutor has filed murder charges against a man accused of killing 11 people in an attack on a Coptic church and a Christian-owned shop in a Cairo suburb last week. The man, arrested after the December 29 attack, was receiving medical treatment in custody for injuries sustained in an exchange of gunfire with authorities outside the church. The prosecutor ordered him detained pending investigations, the sources said   Read More ...
Egypt files murder charges against man held for Coptic church attack
2018-01-02 15:01:34 CAIRO: Egypt's public prosecutor has filed murder charges against a man accused of killing 11 people in an attack on a Coptic church and a Christian-owned shop in a Cairo suburb last week, judicial sources said. The man, arrested after the Dec. 29 attack, was receiving medical treatment in custody for injuries sustained in an exchange of gunfire with authorities outside the church   Read More ...
Egypt files murder charges against man held for Coptic church attack
2018-01-02 14:48:51 CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's public prosecutor has filed murder charges against a man accused of killing 11 people in an attack on a Coptic church and a Christian-owned shop in a Cairo suburb last week, judicial sources said. The man, arrested after the Dec. 29 attack, was receiving medical treatment in custody for injuries sustained in an exchange of gunfire with authorities outside the church   Read More ...
Egypt files murder charges against man held for Coptic church attack
2018-01-02 14:41:14 CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt’s public prosecutor has filed murder charges against a man accused of killing 11 people in an attack on a Coptic church and a Christian-owned shop in a Cairo suburb last week, judicial sources said. The man, arrested after the Dec. 29 attack, was receiving medical treatment in custody for injuries sustained in an exchange of gunfire with authorities outside the church   Read More ...
Residents prevented much worse attack on church in Egypt, witnesses say
2017-12-31 18:06:22 close CAIRO – The deadly attack outside a church in Egypt lasted up to 20 minutes and it was another 10 more minutes before police shot and wounded the assailant, according to witnesses who spoke to The Associated Press on Sunday. Local media initially effusively praised the police's "alertness" during Friday's attack on the church and a nearby Coptic Christian-owned store that left at least nine people dead, saying they prevented it from turning into a larger massacre   Read More ...
Christians in shock after deadly attack on Coptic Church in Egypt
2017-12-31 00:30:40 CAIRO: At an hour that Sama'an Farag usually spends leisurely sipping his morning tea, the doorman at the Mar Mina Coptic Church near Cairo found himself springing up to close the doors upon hearing gunshots and the sound of ricocheting bullets. Inside, dozens of children at Sunday school, held on Friday morning to coincide with Egypt's weekend, were rushed upstairs out of the range of the gunfire   Read More ...
Christians in shock after deadly attack on Coptic Church in Egypt
2017-12-30 23:47:00 CAIRO (Reuters) - At an hour that Sama'an Farag usually spends leisurely sipping his morning tea, the doorman at the Mar Mina Coptic Church near Cairo found himself springing up to close the doors upon hearing gunshots and the sound of ricocheting bullets. Inside, dozens of children at Sunday school, held on Friday morning to coincide with Egypt's weekend, were rushed upstairs out of the range of the gunfire   Read More ...
Christians in shock after deadly attack on Coptic Church in Egypt
2017-12-30 21:38:53 CAIRO (Reuters) - At an hour that Sama‘an Farag usually spends leisurely sipping his morning tea, the doorman at the Mar Mina Coptic Church near Cairo found himself springing up to close the doors upon hearing gunshots and the sound of ricocheting bullets. Inside, dozens of children at Sunday school, held on Friday morning to coincide with Egypt’s weekend, were rushed upstairs out of the range of the gunfire   Read More ...
Attack On Coptic Church Kills Egyptian Christians
2017-12-30 07:42:30 In the morning of December 29, 2017, a terror attack was carried out outside the Coptic church in Helwan, south of Cairo. According to Egypt Today, there were at least , including a policeman. Khaled Megahed, spokesman of the Health Ministry, said five were additionally injured from the incident. The attacker was allegedly supposed to detonate a bomb inside the church but was stopped by personnel from the Ministry of Interior   Read More ...
Gunman kills 9 in Egypt church attack claimed by IS
2017-12-30 01:40:53 Cairo (AFP) - A gunman opened fire on a church south of Cairo on Friday, killing at least nine people in the latest apparent jihadist attack on Egypt's Christian minority. The Islamic State group claimed its "soldiers" carried out the attack on the Saint Mina Coptic church in the district of Helwan, just south of Cairo. Health ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed told state television that the gunman was shot dead after killing nine people and wounding others, including a police officer   Read More ...
Gunman kills 11 in attacks on Coptic church, shop in Egypt
2017-12-30 00:17:13 CAIRO: A gunman killed at least 11 people on Friday in attacks on a Coptic Orthodox church and a Christian-owned shop near Cairo before he was wounded and arrested, the Egyptian interior ministry and church officials said. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks, in a statement carried out by its Amaq news agency, though it provided no evidence for the claim   Read More ...
ISIS Claims Responsibility for Egypt Church Shooting
2017-12-29 23:01:30 (CAIRO) — The local affiliate of ISIS has claimed responsibility for an attack at a Cairo church that left at least nine people dead. The claim, which was carried by the group’s Aamaq news agency, said Friday’s attack was carried out by a “security detail” and that one of its men was “martyred” in it. A gunman on a motorcycle opened fire outside the church and at a nearby store, sparking a shootout that killed at least nine people, including eight Coptic Christians, in the latest attack targeting the country’s embattled Christian minority   Read More ...
Gunman kills 11 in attacks on Coptic church, Christian-owned shop in Egypt
2017-12-29 22:40:54 CAIRO (Reuters) - A gunman killed at least 11 people on Friday in attacks on a Coptic Orthodox church and a Christian-owned shop near Cairo before he was wounded and arrested, the Egyptian interior ministry and church officials said. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks, in a statement carried out by its Amaq news agency, though it provided no evidence for the claim   Read More ...
Al Azhar urges Egyptian Muslims to join Coptic Christmas celebrations
2017-12-29 22:34:04 Cairo: Grand Shaikh of Al Azhar Ahmad Al Tayyib on Friday urged Egyptian Muslims to join their Coptic compatriots in celebrating the Christmas. The top Muslim cleric’s call was made after a deadly attack outside a Coptic church in Cairo. “All Egyptian people are urged to stand firm against this evil conspiracy and make these good days an opportunity to emphasize this through Muslims’ joining their Coptic brethren in celebrating the anniversary of the Christ’s birth,” Al Tayyib said in a statement   Read More ...
Egypt attack: Gunman targets Coptic Christians in church and shop
2017-12-29 22:10:21 Nine people have been killed in two attacks on Coptic Christians in Helwan district, south of Cairo, Egypt's interior ministry has said. Six civilians and a policeman died when a gunman tried to storm a church but was intercepted and arrested, it said. It said the man had previously attacked a Coptic-owned shop in the same area, killing two brothers. The interior ministry revised an earlier account given by the health ministry   Read More ...
Gunman kills 9 in attack on Egypt church
2017-12-29 22:05:59 A gunman opens fire on a church south of Cairo, killing at least nine people in the latest apparent jihadist attack on the country's Christian minority.   Read More ...
Gunman kills nine outside Coptic church in Cairo suburb: ministry
2017-12-29 19:40:34 CAIRO (Reuters) - A gunman fired at worshippers and Egyptian police stationed outside a Coptic Orthodox church near Cairo on Friday and killed at least nine people before he was wounded and arrested, the interior ministry and church officials said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. Islamist militants have claimed several attacks on Egypt’s large Christian minority in recent years, including two bombings on Palm Sunday in April and a blast at Cairo’s largest Coptic cathedral in December 2016 that killed 28 people   Read More ...
Egypt church attack: Toll hits 10
2017-12-29 19:04:52 Cairo -At least 10 people, including eight Coptic Christians, were killed after unidentified gunmen opened fire outside a church in a south Cairo suburb, Egypt's Health Ministry spokesman said Friday. It was the latest attack targeting the mostly Muslim country's embattled minority. Health Ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed said the attack outside the Coptic Church of Mar Mina left at least one policeman dead and eight others wounded, including two critically   Read More ...
Gunman kills 9 in attack on Egypt church
2017-12-29 19:03:38 CAIRO, Egypt (AFP) — A gunman opened fire on a church south of Cairo on Friday, killing at least nine people in the latest apparent jihadist attack on Egypt's Christian minority. The attacker targeted the Saint Mina Coptic church in the district of Helwan, just south of Cairo. Health ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed told state television that the gunman was shot dead after killing nine people and wounding others, including a police officer   Read More ...
Gunman kills 9 in attack on Egypt church
2017-12-29 18:01:04 CAIRO: A gunman opened fire on a church south of Cairo on Friday (Dec 29), killing at least nine people in the latest apparent militant attack on Egypt's Christian minority. The attacker targeted the Saint Mina Coptic church in the district of Helwan, just south of Cairo. Health ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed told state television that the gunman was shot dead after killing nine people and wounding others, including a police officer   Read More ...
At least 10 people killed in shooting outside of Egypt church
2017-12-29 18:00:33 Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about. Facebook At least 10 people killed in shooting outside of Egypt church At least 10 people, including eight Coptic Christians, were killed after unidentified gunmen opened fire outside a church in a south Cairo suburb, Egypt’s Health Ministry spokesman said Friday. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed   Read More ...
9 dead after gunmen open fire at Coptic church near Cairo
2017-12-29 16:12:58 (CNN)Nine people have been killed after gunmen opened fire at a Coptic Christian church near the Egyptian capital of Cairo, the Health Ministry told CNN. One of the attackers was also killed by Egyptian security forces, said ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed. The assault was carried out at the St. Mina Coptic church in Helwan, a district on the southern edge of the Egyptian capital   Read More ...
Gunman kills 9 in attack on Egypt church
2017-12-29 16:01:09 CAIRO: A gunman opened fire on a church south of Cairo on Friday, killing at least nine people in the latest apparent jihadist attack on the country's Christian minority. Congealing blood could be seen at a guard post in front of the church. Series of attacks on Christians   Read More ...
At Least 10 People Killed in Shooting Outside of Egypt Church
2017-12-29 15:47:18 (CAIRO) — At least 10 people, including eight Coptic Christians, were killed after unidentified gunmen opened fire outside a church in a south Cairo suburb, Egypt’s Health Ministry spokesman said Friday. It was the latest attack targeting the mostly Muslim country’s embattled minority. Health Ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed said the attack outside the Coptic Church of Mar Mina left at least one policeman dead and eight others wounded, including two critically   Read More ...