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Israel police break up Coptic sit-in

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israeli police broke up a sit-in Wednesday by Coptic monks in the forecourt of Jerusalem's Holy Sepulchre church in protest at restoration work in a nearby monastery claimed by their sect. "The police attacked us and forced us to leave the area," Coptic Orthodox Church spokesman Father Markos Al Orshalimy said following the protest in front of the site, where Jesus is believed to have been crucified and buried. Orshalimy said several monks had ...
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Wednesday, October 24, 2018
An incident between police and Coptic clerics that occurred outside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre has drawn accusations of police violence against the monks, after officers tried to break up the group of protesters who would not let Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) maintenance workers into the church. A video of the incident that has circulated on social media shows several police officers handcuffing and dragging a monk, who refused to walk with them. Police said they ...
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Autopsy on Coptic Christian monk shows signs of poisoning

Thursday, September 27, 2018
An autopsy on a Coptic Christian monk found dead in central Egypt shows signs of poisoning, officials say. Zeinoun al-Maqari was one of six monks banished from a desert monastery after its abbot was found dead in a pool of blood in July. The latest death came a day before the monk was scheduled to testify in the trial of two others charged with killing the abbot. It is unclear whether he was poisoned by someone else or ...
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Coptic abbot's murder points to strains over ecumenism in Egypt

Friday, September 7, 2018
CAIRO -- The Coptic Orthodox community in Egypt is reeling from the recent murder of the abbot of St. Macarius Monastery, apparently by traditionalists of his own faith, in the fourth-century center of meditation and scholarship 60 miles northwest of Cairo. The victim, Bishop Anba Epiphanius, 64, was the point man in efforts by the Coptic pope, Tawadros II, to reconcile their church with the Vatican. The two popes, Roman and Coptic, had explored steps toward ...
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Coptic diocese says group attacked Christian homes in Egypt

Friday, August 31, 2018
CAIRO -- A group of Muslims attacked several Christian homes in a village in Upper Egypt, injuring three people, officials with a Coptic Christian diocese said on Friday. The assailants objected to the presence of a church in the area, the Minya Coptic Orthodox Diocese said in a statement. Plans to attack Copts in the village had circulated days before the incident and were reported to authorities but security only arrived after the attacks, it said. ...
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Many Egyptian Christians feel left out of World Cup

Sunday, June 24, 2018
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) -- Egypt's first World Cup in 28 years has captivated the soccer-crazy nation, with intense focus on the squad and the broader game. The Egyptians played the first match of the tournament June 15 and held two-time World Cup winner Uruguay scoreless for 89 minutes, until conceding a late goal and losing 1-0. Still, the performance -- with star striker Mohamed Salah injured on the sidelines -- attracted international praise and gripped the ...
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Prince of Wales 'deeply moved' in televised Easter message

Thursday, March 29, 2018
The Prince of Wales has drawn attention to people suffering religious persecution in a televised Easter message.The prince said he was "deeply moved" by the courage of those who forgave their persecutors.The message was addressed to people of all faiths around the world."My heart goes out to all who, this day, whatever their beliefs, are being persecuted on religious grounds," he said.He continued: "At this time of Easter, when our minds are recalled to the ...
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Christians are key to support for el-Sissi in upcoming Egypt election

Monday, March 5, 2018
CAIRO (RNS) -- Since Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi took over Egypt's presidency four years ago, he has worked to improve life for Coptic Christians, giving them near equal rights and benefits as Muslims even as their churches have been attacked by terrorists. Now Copts are expected to repay him with support in the country's presidential election later this month. "Pastors are telling congregants that it's an imperative to vote and that staying at home in these elections is a ...
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As Pence Tours Mideast, Tension Lingers Over Trump's Jerusalem Decision

Sunday, January 21, 2018
After talks with the leaders of Egypt and Jordan where he was made to explain and navigate the fallout from the Trump administration's controversial decision last month to acknowledge Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Vice President Mike Pence is now on his way to meet with the Israeli government, which many expect will receive him warmly. Pence is not scheduled to speak with Palestinian leaders during his tour of the region.Pence's trip — originally ...
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Pence Heads Off On Delayed And Scaled-Back Mideast Visit

Friday, January 19, 2018
Vice President Pence arrives in Cairo Saturday morning as part of a Mideast trip that has been rescheduled and substantially changed since it was originally announced. He was supposed to travel in December, but the trip was pushed off to January so that Pence could stay in Washington, D.C., to vote on the GOP tax bill. His itinerary is shorter too, after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and the pope of the Coptic Christian Church in ...
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