» 11/02/2013 EGYPT - ISLAM Cairo, Muslim Brotherhood violence targets Church of Virgin Mary in Zaytoun Islamists tear down banners and spray insults against the patriarch, Copts and the Armed on its walls. An attempt to storm the building is stopped. The church is a place of pilgrimage for Christians and Muslims because of an apparition of the Virgin Mary
Cairo (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Egypt's
churches came under attack once again yesterday when a procession of students linked to the Muslim
Brotherhood attacked the church of the Virgin Mary in Zaytoun , in the eastern
part of Cairo, which marks the site of a famous apparition of Our Lady . The
group - which came directly from Friday prayers in the mosque next door -
clashed with some young Christians, who prevented the Islamists from storming
the building. Thanks
to the intervention of some passers-by, who calmed the brawl, a more serious
incident of violence was avoided, but the situation remains tense. On
20 October last 5 people were killed in an attack on the Church of the Virgin
Mary in Al- Warraq .
The Zaytoun attack was filmed and
posted online. The video shows the Islamists marching on the place of worship, shouting slogans
against the Coptic Orthodox Patriarch Tawadros . On
arriving in the square in front of the Church they are seen tearing down a
banner from the front of the church and covering the façade with graffiti insulting
the patriarch, the Copts and the Armed Forces .
sources said that every Friday after the midday prayer, the Islamists always
pass in front of the church hurling insults and anti-Christian slogans . To
avoid problems Christians bar the doors of the building. Near
the church there is the el- Aziz Bellah mosque, whose faithful militate in the
ranks of the Muslim Brotherhood. Yesterday,
Zaytoun district police arrested a man who had over well 108 thousand posters insulting
Christians and the army hidden in his home.
is the case with the church of the Virgin Mary in al- Waaraq, the Zaytoun church
is famous throughout Egypt for a miracle: on June 2, 1968 Our Lady appeared on
the dome. From
then on , the place became a pilgrimage
site for Christians and Muslims .