» 10/23/2013, 00.00
Cairo, police fled before the attack on the church of the Virgin Mary
For the Administrative Director of the parish, the security forces fled up a side street instead of defending the faithful . Yesterday the funeral of the four victims of the shooting.
- The security forces charged with protecting the Christians of the Church of
the Virgin Mary in Warraq were not present at the time of the Islamist attack that
left four dead and over 20 injured. This
was revealed by the Administrative Director of the Coptic community of al-
Warraq ( Giza ) , who stated that he saw the guards sent by the Ministry of the
Interior leave the building during the massacre .
questioned by investigators, the man said that he was working in his office -
located above the entrance of the church - when he heard the shots. He
looked out the window, noting that the security personnel had fled up a side
street leaving unguarded the church . This
witness reopens the controversy about the responsibilities of police and
members of the army, already accused by Christian leaders of doing nothing to
prevent attacks by Islamists or defend buildings and places of worship. Eye-witnesses
of the al- Warraq attack confirm that despite numerous distress calls , police
and ambulances only arrived on the scene two hours after the shooting.
October 20 attack, is the first deliberate attack on a church in the capital
since July 3, the day of the fall of the Islamist President Mohamed Morsi. According
to reports three people were involved in the shooting, which targeted the
marriage of two young people. Investigators
believe that in addition to the two men aboard the motorcycle, a third
accomplice had infiltrated among guests.
thousands of people attended the funeral of Miriam Nabil, a victim of only 8
years, and the other three people who died in the shooting, all from the same
his homily, bishop Youannas said: "The blood shed by innocents is never in
vain in the eyes of God and the Church . Those responsible for this act delude
themselves if they think they will stop us from attending church. After this
incident our community
has gained more strength, thanks to the sacrifice of our martyrs . "
case of al- Warraq has provoked harsh criticism from Muslim authorities. Ahmed
al- Tayyeb , Grand Imam of Al-Azhar (the most important university of Sunni
Islam ) , described the attack as an act of " crime against religion and
values ." The
grand mufti Shawki Allam said that "the attacks against churches are
prohibited acts by Islamic Sharia". As
for the political front , one of the leaders of the Freedom and Justice Party ,
the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood , wrote on Facebook: "I
condemn with the greatest firmness this attack and demand an investigation ."
Cairo, Coptic Orthodox church attacked. One dead.
A group of Islamists attacked the church of the Virgin Mary: a police officer shot down in the battle. One of the assailants was apprehended by residents, the second was arrested by the police later that evening.
Upper Egypt, thousands of Islamic extremists attack a Christian village
The second case in less than a week. The attack took place yesterday in el-Marashda, predominantly Christian, in the province of Quena (Upper Egypt). Muslims burned at least six homes of Coptic Christians and tried to demolish the local church. Wrath unleashed at the alleged rape of a Muslim girl by a Christian. Village Iman calls on youth to protect Christian shops.
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Coptic Church attacked in Cairo, 8-year-old girl among the dead
So far, four people are known to have died and 18 wounded when, yesterday afternoon, two men on a motorcycle fired on a crowd in front of the Virgin Mary Coptic Church in Warraq, a Christian neighbourhood in the Egyptian capital. For a spokesman of the Egyptian Catholic Church, "Christians are the main target of religious hatred."
Bishop of Andropoli: Christians and Muslims united to save Egypt from Islamists
For Msgr. Golta, Catholic Coptic Auxiliary bishop of Alexandria, the United States and the European Union want to impose Muslim Brotherhood rule on Egyptians. The Islamists have vowed to solve the Palestinian issue yielding 40% of the Sinai to Hamas. Muslims ready to defend the Christians at any cost.
Card. Tong’s article on China-Holy See dialogue, arouses joy and dismay
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Card. Tong: The future of Sino-Vatican dialogue from an ecclesiological point of view
Card. John Tong
The Hong Kong Cardinal outlines the steps that hope to propel dialogue between China and the Holy See. Themes include the Pope's role in the appointment of bishops; A change of vision in the Patriotic Association; the possible integration of the underground bishops in the Episcopal Conference. A new article by card. John Tong, following a previous article published a few months ago on "Communion of the Church in China with the universal Church."
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