Egypt’s draft constitution explained

Egypt’s Constituent Assembly declared on Monday that the draft of the country’s proposed new constitution is ready for public review. A popular vote is intended within 30 days of Monday’s release. What’s in it? The Washington, D.C.-based Atlantic Council has published a close study of the document, including a detailed . . . Read More

Coptic wedding party attacked in Cairo

Four people, including an eight-year-old girl, have been killed in an attack outside a Coptic church after a wedding in Cairo. At least nine others were injured, some seriously, after the attack by gunmen on motorbikes. Egypt’s Prime Minister has condemned the attack, saying that the perpetrators will not succeed in . . . Read More

Amnesty: Egypt failed to protect Copts

A new report by Amnesty International claims the authorities in Egypt are failing to prevent “deeply disturbing” attacks on the country’s Coptic Christian minority. The organisation has called for an investigation into a series of deadly sectarian incidents. “Failure to bring to justice those responsible for sectarian attacks sends the . . . Read More

Christianity in danger of becoming extinct in its birthplace

Christianity in danger of becoming extinct in its birthplace
Last month, World Watch Monitor released a report, Beyond Count, highlighting the alarming frequency with which Christians are fleeing the Middle East. Now a British historian has added his voice to those concerns. By Dr. Jenny Taylor Respected UK historian Tom Holland told a briefing in London this week that . . . Read More

Targeting of Egypt’s Copts condemned

Egypt’s National Council for Human Rights has condemned attacks on Christians in Upper Egypt, reports Ahram. The council said attacks on Christians, their homes and places and worship have proved that Christians are targeted because of their beliefs. Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the drafting committee responsible for the country’s new . . . Read More

Amid the ruins, forgiveness

Continuing the growing stream of reporting on the extensive damage done to Egypt’s churches since Aug. 14, the Sat7 Christian broadcasting service showed video on Sunday of the worship service at the Evangelical Church of Beni Mazar, in the Minya region. Worshipers sang and prayed in the charred remains of their building. . . . Read More

Islamist takeover in Dalga

It’s been several weeks since the 14 August eruption of violence against Egypt’s churches, and now in-depth news accounts of the attacks and their aftermath are beginning to emerge from the mainstream media. The latest example is an absorbing report by Hamza Hendawi for the Associated Press, showing how Islamists in . . . Read More