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Egypt hits 'jihadist camps' after attack on Coptic Christians

Friday, May 26, 2017
Egyptian forces have struck "terrorist training camps" in retaliation for an attack on Coptic Christians, President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi says.State media say six strikes hit the town of Derna in neighbouring Libya.Gunmen earlier attacked a bus carrying worshippers in central Egypt, killing at least 28 people and wounding 25 others.President Sisi said he would "not hesitate to strike terrorist camps anywhere".Announcing the strike in a TV speech late on Friday, he promised to "protect our ...
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After 2016 Assault, A Coptic Christian Grandmother In Egypt Fights For Justice

Friday, May 26, 2017
Suad Thabet sits with her granddaughter Sandy at home in Abu Qarqas. Thabet was attacked by a mob last year after one of her sons was accused of having an affair with a Muslim woman.Across a field from the unfinished concrete house where she lives, Suad Thabet can see the spires of the Abu Qarqas monastery. The 70-year-old Coptic Christian grandmother has had trouble sleeping since she was attacked in her nearby village of Karm ...
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Egyptian Christians killed in bus attack

Friday, May 26, 2017
Gunmen have attacked a bus carrying Coptic Christians in central Egypt, killing at least 28 people and wounding 25 others, officials say.The bus was travelling to the Monastery of St Samuel the Confessor, 135km (85 miles) south of Cairo, from Minya province when it came under fire. No group immediately said it was behind the attack.But Islamic State (IS) militants have targeted Copts several times in recent months, and vowed to do so again.Two suicide ...
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Attack On Coptic Christians Kills At Least 28 In Egypt

Friday, May 26, 2017
Gunmen fired on a bus carrying Coptic Christians in Minya, where many Christians live in Egypt. Here, a photo from 2015 shows Coptic Christians walking outside St. Markos Church in Minya. ...
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Pope Francis Winds Up Trip To Egypt

Saturday, April 29, 2017
Pope Francis celebrated Mass in Cairo, Saturday, winding up a two-day visit to Egypt. President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi saw the Roman Catholic leader off at Cairo Airport at the end of the visit.The Mass was held in a stadium under heavy security as Sylvia Poggioli reported on NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday, while military helicopters flew overhead. According to The Associated Press, some 15,000 Catholic Egyptians attended the service.They heard the Pope say, in his homily, "God ...
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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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