» 12/29/2009, 00.00
Christians see Our Lady in the lights that appear in the sky above Cairo
The vision appeared over a Coptic church in one of the capital’s suburbs. Some say it is an apparition; a woman says she can see again. A Muslim man was the first person to see it. Other Muslims say it is a hoax done with laser beams.
Cairo, Al-Azhar condemns violence against Christians
The death toll rises to 13 from clashes between Copts and Muslims in recent days in Cairo, after the burning of a church. The violence has mainly involved the landfill district of Mansheya.
Egypt under shock by brutal anti-Coptic attack as calls for the govt to resign mount
The Finance minister quits calling on the military to own up to its responsibilities. State TV is accused of inciting anti-Christian attack by broadcasting false news. Eyewitnesses say they saw the bodies of people crushed by army armoured vehicles in Sunday’s clashes. Intellectuals and religious leaders express concern over the atmosphere of repression that threatens the country’s future.
A new building for pilgrims opens at the La Vang Marian Shrine
The "House of Pilgrimage" has welcomed almost a thousand faithful per day since mid-July. Despite its traditional hostility to the shrine, the government granted the building permit in a record time.
New Catholic church to be "dedicated" in Kazan on Friday
Cardinal Sodano is scheduled to attend. Some financial support for building the church was provided by the city, which is important to the Orthodox religious tradition, but has a large Muslim majority population.
Protests over block on church of the Pyramids. "The government discriminates against Christians"
168 Copts are still in jail (including 20 children) arrested during the demonstration on November 24 against the block on construction of the church opposed by radical Muslims. Appeal to Mubarak to punish those who authorized the use of weapons.
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