Tag Archive for Copts

Egyptian and church officials upset after Police subdue Monk in Jerusalem

Police and Coptic priests scuffle outside Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulcher in protest of planned restoration work; Egyptian Foreign Ministry condemns behavior of Israel Police officers’ handling of the incident.



A scuffle between police forces and Coptic priests at a major Christian holy site in Jerusalem on Wednesday drew condemnation from Egypt and churches in the Holy Land.

Police and Coptic priests wrangled outside a contested chapel at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, where many Christians believe Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected.

Israel Police contain rowdy Coptic priests protesting outside the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem.

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After decades of boycott, Egyptian Copts now flock to Israel in the thousands


The visit by Egypt’s Coptic Pope Tawadros II, who went to Jerusalem for the funeral of the Holy Land’s Coptic Archbishop Abraham, was taken as a sign that the late Coptic Pope Shenouda III’s travel-ban was rescinded.

By i24news


Thousands of Egyptian Copts flocked to Jerusalem this year in celebration of Palm Sunday.

The current Copts Pope, Theodoros II – Photo EPA

According to Egyptian media, at least 5,700 Coptic Orthodox Christians have travelled to Jerusalem so far this year, an increase of more than a thousand compared to the Coptic pilgrims who undertook a pilgrimage to the Holy Places of Jerusalem in 2015. Continue Reading »

Egyptian Muslims Impose ‘tribute’ on Local Christian Copts

Thanks to Western intervention, in this case, U.S. support for the Muslim Brotherhood and its jihadi offshoots, the renewal of centuries-old anti-Christian persecution has returned with impunity.

By  Raymond Ibrahim



Now that the attacks on Egypt’s Christian churches have subsided, stage two of the jihad — profiting from the fear and terror caused by stage one — is setting in: reports are arriving that the Muslim Brotherhood and its supporters are forcing the roughly 15,000 Christian Copts of Dalga village in south Minya province to pay jizya — the money, or tribute, that conquered non-Muslims historically had to pay to their Islamic overlords “with willing submission and while feeling themselves subdued” to safeguard their existence, as indicated in Koran 9:29. Continue Reading »

Egyptian Copts visit Jerusalem


Following the death of the last patriarch, who banned visits to Jerusalem, &  clear lack of policy on the matter by new leader, members of Coptic Church exploit the situation and fly to Israel for Easter.

By Roi Kais


Some 50 Copts arrived in Israel on Thursday on a direct flight from Egypt to celebrate Monday of the third week of Easter, which takes place on April 15.

 Pope and Patriarch of the Church of Alexandria Theodoros II - Photo: EPA

Pope and Patriarch of the Church of Alexandria Theodoros II – Photo: EPA

The guests plan to tour holy sites in Jerusalem, despite a prohibition by Pope Shenouda III (the 117th Pope and Patriarch of the Church of Alexandria, who died in 2012) not to visit the Israeli capital as long as the city is under occupation. Continue Reading »

After threats & attacks Egypt’s Copts abandon the Sinai

The departure from Sinai Peninsula, of 9 Christians families living near Egyptian border with Israel fuels worries of rise of Islamism.



ISMAILIA – Most Christians living near Egypt’s border with Israel are fleeing their homes after Islamist militants made death threats and gunmen attacked a Coptic-owned shop, a priest said on Friday.

COPTS ATTEND a mass funeral in Cairo
Photo: Mohamed Abd El-Ghany/Reuters

The departure of nine families that made up the small Christian community in the border area of Egypt’s Sinai peninsula will fuel worries about religious tolerance and the rise of militancy after the overthrow of president Hosni Mubarak last year.

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Copts to shun Islamists in Egypt presidential vote

Egypt’s Coptic Christians complained of discrimination under Mubarak but fear it may get worse if an Islamist takes power.


CAIRO – Egypt’s Coptic Christians complained of discrimination under former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak but fear it may get worse if an Islamist takes his place in next week’s presidential election.

Long-suppressed Islamists already dominate parliament. Islamist contenders for the presidency say Christians, who form about a tenth of Egypt’s 82 million mostly Muslim people, will not be sidelined, but mistrustful Copts will not vote for them.

The single biggest Coptic grievance and the source of most sectarian violence in Egypt is legislation that makes it easy to build a mosque but hard to construct or even repair a church. Continue Reading »