There’s now an ugly and utterly predictable dynamic on Easter Sunday: Somewhere in the world, full churches will be attacked and some number of Christians will die.
An ISIS-affiliated group kidnapped a Coptic Christian man traveling in a communal taxi from Ismailia Governorate to Al-Arish, the capital of North Sinai Governorate, northeast of Cairo, his family told The Tablet.
On the same road and with the same style of last year’s attack, members of ISIS killed seven Coptic Christians Nov. 2 on a bus carrying worshippers returning from a visit to St. Samuel the Confessor Monastery in El Minya Governorate.
Last week, two churches in Egypt were subject to demonstrations by Muslim hardliners who prevented Coptic Christians from worshiping, claiming the churches are unlicensed. In a third incident, a police officer broke onto a church and screamed at the worshippers “Infidels … you are all infidels.”
To be a woman in a country where most of her people see women as a disgrace, and at best look at her from a sexual point of view, it is a heavy burden, but even worse when you are a Christian woman. It is hell!
Police have looked the other way as groups of youths have terrorized a Catholic community in northeast Vietnam.
Despite recent and repeated terrorist attacks against Egypt’s minority Christian communities, Pope Francis will not cancel his visit to Egypt.
Maronite Bishop Gregory J. Mansour called on the bishops of the United States to bring wider attention to the persecution of Christians in the Middle East to their parishes and political leaders.
Only a small number of civilians in Aleppo, Syria, are using humanitarian corridors to flee weeks of intensive bombardment; activists say people do not trust that the routes are safe.
The Knights of Columbus and In Defense of Christians contend that Christians in Libya, Iraq and Syria are victims of genocide carried out by the Islamic State (ISIS) in a new report. It argues that the case for genocide exists and called on Secretary of State John Kerry to make such a declaration and to include Christians in it.