In Egypt, it’s very common to find cross tattoos on the wrists of Coptic Christians, who are 12% to 15% of Egypt’s population. Such a tattoo symbolizes a long history of bloody persecution and is a statement of resistance and a testimony to strong faith.
Tragic Egypt Church Fire Spotlights Coptic Christians’ Struggle
Cries of grief rose, and fingers of blame were pointed in the wake of a tragic fire that gutted Martyr Abu Sefein Coptic Church and claimed the lives of 41 people including 15 children and the church bishop, Abdul Masih Bakhit.
Catholics Express Sorrow, Offer Prayers After Orthodox Church Fire in Egypt
Some Catholic leaders have joined the Coptic Orthodox Church in mourning the 41 people — including 18 children — who died in a fire in Egypt’s capital, Cairo.
Coptics Celebrate the Memory Of Holy Family’s Flight to Egypt
Last week, Coptic Christians in Egypt celebrated the memory of the Holy Family’s Flight into Egypt, when Mary, Child Jesus, and Joseph fled to Egypt to take refuge from the persecution of King Herod, during which they visited more than two dozen places, from Arish through the Delta and Cairo, to Assiut in Upper Egypt.
Christians in Egypt Anxiously Await Passage of a Mysterious ‘Status Law’
Coptic Christians in Egypt are desperately waiting for action to be taken on a new law governing the legal status of their worship, which was drafted by leaders of the other main churches in Egypt and the Ministry of Justice several months ago.
Advocacy Group Contradicts Egypt’s Rhetoric on Copts
Last January, the Egyptian embassy in Washington D.C. published a document titled “Strengthening National Unity: Religious Freedom and Diversity in Egypt” that claimed great progress in the treatment of Egypt’s Coptic Christians.
Egypt Cracks Down On Blasphemy Laws
In 2016, an Egyptian court sentenced four Coptic Christian teenagers to five years in prison after they appeared in a 32-second video mocking ISIS, which authorities said was an insult to Islam.
Only in Print: Coptic Christians in Egypt Honor 21 Martyrs On Fifth Anniversary | Feb. 29, 2020
Coptic Christians in Egypt earlier this month observed the fifth anniversary of the martyrdom of 21 Christians in Libya at the hands of ISIS by dedicating a shrine to the victims and opening a museum at the Church of the Martyrs of Faith and the Homeland in the al-Our village in the Minya governate in Egypt, where most of the martyrs were from.
Only in Print: Coptic Christians Are Still Enduring Brutal Violence in Egypt | February 15, 2020
Gruesome incidents of violence against Christians in Egypt show the danger they continue to face in the Muslim-majority country, despite President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi’s promises to protect them.
Only in Print: For Coptics, Some Differences With Christmas | December 21, 2019
For Coptic Christians in Egypt, Christmas is celebrated somewhat differently than it is in most of the world, although some traditions are the same.