Monastery closure hits Sinai economy

Residents of the Sinai city of St. Catherine have complained they are struggling to survive following the closure of the city’s 1,500-year-old monastery two months ago, reports Al-Monitor. Egypt’s government ordered the monastery shut in early July after suspicions it was to be attacked. This is only the third time . . . Read More

Another view of Egypt’s violence

While much of Egypt and the world fixates on the fate of the Muslim Brotherhood and their attacks on Coptic churches, Timothy Kaldas sees something else: “The state’s cynical use of Christian suffering to justify its violent behavior.” Despite the fact that attacks on Christian churches and communities have been . . . Read More

Egyptian pastor ‘fine and safe’

Reports that an Egyptian pastor was kidnapped on Thursday (Aug. 15) were false, according to The World Today, a Swedish newspaper. Nasralla Salib, pastor of a Seventh-Day Adventist church in Asyut, on Friday (Aug. 16) told the newspaper he was “fine and safe”, having been sheltered from trouble by Muslim . . . Read More

Zero

That’s the number of Christians among the 25 people sworn in as governors by Egypt’s interim President Adly Mansour on Tuesday, according to Mideast Christian News. Egypt has 27 governates; Mansour filled the governor’s position in all but two of them. The incoming slate of regional executives has a Mubarak-era . . . Read More

Religious animosity grows in Egypt

Mainstream media have picked up on the religious dimension of sectarian clashes in Egypt. The Associated Press on Aug. 8 took a broad look at the issue, which included this chilling quote from an Assiut shopkeeper: “[Islamists] run their index finger across their throats to suggest they will slaughter us, . . . Read More

Copts suffer pro-Morsi backlash

Twenty-three houses belonging to Coptic Christians have been set on fire in Naga Hassan village, Egypt, after a Muslim man was reportedly killed in an altercation with three Copts on July 5, writes Egypt Independent. Although local residents said the altercation had no religious or political motivation, others are concerned . . . Read More