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Man convicted in church fundraiser shooting loses appeal

Monday, April 15, 2019
DOVER, Del. -- Delaware's Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a man convicted of fatally shooting the leader of his Coptic church during a church fundraiser in 2008. In a ruling Friday, the court said Monir George's latest appeal was filed too late, and that he had not demonstrated any new evidence suggesting he was actually innocent, or any new law that would render his conviction invalid. George is serving life in prison after a judge ...
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Egyptians cheer Rami Malek's Oscar win but wonder: Could he have done it here?

Monday, February 25, 2019
CAIRO -- When Rami Malek on Sunday became the first Egyptian American to win a best actor Oscar, Nesma Nasr experienced an unfamiliar jolt of inspiration. She felt that she, too, could succeed -- if she left her homeland. "His winning made me feel like I have a hope," said Nasr, a 28-year-old designer. "If one day I traveled outside Egypt, I could accomplish something on my own because I have been crushed in all ways ...
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Egypt opens Middle East's biggest cathedral

Sunday, January 6, 2019
President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has inaugurated Egypt's largest cathedral in the new administrative capital east of Cairo, a day after a deadly bomb blast near a Coptic church.The newly built Cathedral of Nativity had its first Mass under heavy security on Sunday, the eve of Coptic Christmas.On Saturday, a policeman died trying to defuse an explosive device hidden on a roof in Nasr City outside Cairo.Copts make up about 10% of Egypt's Muslim-majority population.Many say ...
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Egypt's Coptic Christians celebrate Christmas, ponder changing date

Wednesday, December 26, 2018
EL KOSHEH, Egypt (RNS) -- This Coptic Christian village about 280 miles south of Cairo calls itself "Little Jerusalem." Around this time of year, many of the village's 40,000 residents recall their frequent pilgrimages to the Holy Land, which include a stop at Bethlehem's Grotto of the Nativity. "We make our own papier-maché scenes of the Grotto of Christmas as a symbol of the holy infant who was born poor in a cave," said Ne'mat al-Qumos, 52, ...
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Anger erupts in Egypt after massacre of Christian pilgrims

Monday, November 5, 2018
MINYA, Egypt (RNS) --The Coptic bishop of this city south of Cairo, Anba Makarios, spent the weekend trying to comfort mourners after two buses carrying Coptic Christians were ambushed Friday (Nov. 2) as they left a monastery here, killing seven of the pilgrims and wounding 19. The Islamic State in Egypt claimed responsibility for the attack. But during Makarios' appearance at Prince Tadros Church, as the bishop thanked provincial officials for issuing the necessary permits to ...
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Israeli forces assault Egyptian Coptic monks during Jerusalem monastery protest

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
The Coptic Christian clerics were demonstrating against restoration work carried out by the Israeli government at the Sultan Monastery in Jerusalem's Old City Israeli security forces on Wednesday assaulted Egyptian Coptic monks and arrested at least one during a protest against the restoration of an ancient monastery believed to belong to the Egyptian Coptic Church, according to the Palestinian Maan news agency. The Coptic Christian clerics were demonstrating against repair work planned to be carried out by ...
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Statement from His Eminence Archbishop Angaelos, Coptic Orthodox Archbishop of London on alarming images and videos emerging from Jerusalem of the treatment of Coptic clergy

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Alarming images and videos have emerged from Jerusalem today of the unacceptable and excessive use of force by Israeli police on Coptic monks and deacons as they lawfully protested the execution of an order that contravenes a standing Israeli Supreme Court ruling on property in favour of the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem. Coptic clergy, accompanying His Eminence Archbishop Antonios, Coptic Orthodox Metropolitan Archbishop of Jerusalem, were peacefully demonstrating at the Sultan Monastery in Jerusalem's ...
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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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FIGHT BETWEEN POLICE AND COPTIC MONKS OUTSIDE CHURCH OF THE HOLY SEPULCHRE

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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