by Dr. D ~ July 12th, 2013
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Although our media does not keep us up on everything that is happening in Egypt, from what I read from European sources the Coptic Christian community is under assault in many places throughout the country. A Coptic church leader has called for 3 days of prayer seeking peace and reconciliation in a nation that currently seems to be falling apart. Here’s the story from Christian Solidarity Worldwide:
His Grace Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop of The Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom, has announced three days of prayer “for peace, reconciliation and an end to needless violence and loss of life in Egypt,” commencing today and coinciding with the end of the Coptic Orthodox Fast of the Apostles and the beginning of the month of Ramadan.
In a media release announcing the prayer days, the Bishop said that “after witnessing millions of Egyptians across the whole nation and from all walks of life standing together to peacefully express their desire for a new Egypt, it is unfortunate that this unified effort is being undermined by needless violence and bloodshed.“
Egypt has witnessed several violent incidents since the ousting of former President Morsi in what is being termed a “people’s coup”, albeit facilitated by the army. …
A steady increase in attacks on the Christian community has gone largely under-reported, taking place primarily but not exclusively in Upper Egypt. The attacks follow accusations by several Islamist sources, including the Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, that Christians were part of a “conspiracy” to remove Morsi’s regime.
Response: I bring this up today since it is Friday and it is during Ramadan. This is a good time for Christians around the world to join in prayer for Egypt but particularly for the Christian community in that nation.
Traditionally radical Islamists seem to rise up in violence against Christians on occasions like this right after Muslim Friday services. Many in the Muslim Brotherhood are blaming the Christians for the falling of Morsi and Christian homes and businesses have been raided in a number of places and there is also the report that at least one Christian has been beheaded as a reaction against the military coup.
So today when you think about your brothers and sisters in Egypt please remember to lift up a prayer in their behalf. *Top