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Pope Francis visits Egypt as 'messenger of peace'

Friday, April 28, 2017
Pope Francis is in Egypt on a visit aimed at improving Christian-Muslim dialogue, three weeks after bombings at two Coptic churches killed 45 people.As he arrived in Cairo he said his trip would be a "journey of unity and fraternity", AFP news agency reports.He will meet the Egyptian president and speak at al-Azhar University, a key centre of Sunni Islamic learning.So-called Islamic State (IS) said it was behind the Palm Sunday bombings.The 80-year-old pontiff said ...
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Canadian Copts ponder the future of their faith back in Egypt

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
TORONTO (RNS) A 13-year-old girl with long, flowing black hair and dark eyes stands poised at the head of a massive church hall, flanked by a bishop and several priests. More than a hundred community members sit before her. Her voice shakes with conviction. "When my parents told me about the bombings I was in shock that it was done on a day when we as Coptic Christians celebrate our faith," she told the congregation at the ...
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Deadly attack near Egypt's old monastery

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Another three police officers were injured in the attack several hundred metres from the church entrance.So-called Islamic State group said its fighters carried out the attack.Located at the foot of Mount Sinai, St Catherine's is one of the oldest Christian monasteries in the world and a Unesco world heritage site.It is part of the Eastern Orthodox Church.Tuesday's attack comes just days after bombings at two Coptic Christian churches left 45 people dead.The attacks have raised ...
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Archbishop of Canterbury: Don't let terror triumph

Sunday, April 16, 2017
Today's world is full of terror, pain, poverty and despair, but those things should not be allowed to triumph, the Archbishop of Canterbury has said.In his Easter message, the Most Reverend Justin Welby remembered the victims of the recent bombings at two Coptic Christian churches in Egypt.He called on his congregation to bring "restoration and hope".In Windsor, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined the Queen and Prince Philip for an Easter service.Prince George and ...
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Pope Francis uses Easter message to condemn 'vile' Syria attack

Sunday, April 16, 2017
Pope Francis has used his Easter address to condemn Saturday's deadly attack on a bus convoy in Syria.The Pope delivered his "Urbi et Orbi" ("To the City and the World") message to thousands of pilgrims who gathered in St Peter's Square at the Vatican.Francis said the bombing, which killed more than 100 people near the city of Aleppo, was "the latest vile attack on fleeing refugees".He also spoke against terrorism and corruption."May [God] in a ...
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Pope Francis leads Easter celebrations at St Peter's Square

Sunday, April 16, 2017
Pope Francis is leading Easter celebrations in front of thousands of pilgrims who have gathered in St Peter's Square in the Vatican.At an earlier vigil, he spoke of migrants' pain, and criticised "paralysing and barren bureaucracies that stand in the way of change".He will later read his "Urbi et Orbi" ("To the City and the World") message from St Peter's Basilica.Pope Francis is expected to discuss interfaith dialogue. Easter was also marked in Coptic ...
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Egypt's shaken Copts mark Good Friday after double bombing

Friday, April 14, 2017
The head of the Coptic Christian Church has led a Good Friday service in the cathedral in Cairo in the aftermath of last Sunday's deadly bomb attacks. Pope Tawadros II had been in one of the two churches targeted on Palm Sunday when 45 people were killed in attacks claimed by so-called Islamic State.Security has been tightened at churches across Egypt and Easter celebrations have been scaled back.Both suicide bombers were Egyptians, the government said.A ...
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Egypt declares state of emergency after deadly church attacks

Sunday, April 9, 2017
Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has announced a three-month state of emergency after attacks on two Coptic churches that left at least 44 dead.The measure allows authorities to make arrests without warrants and search people's homes. It needs to be approved by parliament before it is implemented.So-called Islamic State (IS) said it was behind the blasts in Tanta and Alexandria on Palm Sunday.The group has targeted Copts in Egypt recently and warns of more attacks.Mr ...
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Egypt Coptic churches targeted in blasts on Palm Sunday

Sunday, April 9, 2017
A second blast has been reported near a church in northern Egypt, hours after at least 21 people were killed during a Palm Sunday service.The explosion in front of a church in Alexandria has injured several people, according to state TV.The earlier blast targeted St George's Coptic church in the city of Tanta, about 130km (80 miles) south-east.Egypt's Christian minority has often been targeted by Islamist militants in recent years.The blasts appear to have been ...
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Egypt Coptic church blast 'kills at least 21' in Nile Delta

Sunday, April 9, 2017
At least 21 people have been killed and dozens more injured in an explosion at a church in northern Egypt, state media say.The blast targeted St George's Coptic church in the city of Tanta in the Nile Delta.The cause of the explosion is not yet known, but Egypt's Christian minority has often been targeted by Islamist militants in recent years.It was timed for maximum impact, as people gathered to mark Palm Sunday. Egyptian security forces ...
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