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New Coptic Orthodox patriarch says no to Sharia-inspired constitution
In his first press release, Anba Tawadros II speaks out against Islamism's growing stranglehold on Egyptian society. For the head of the Coptic Church, Egypt is a great country because it is home to Christians and Muslims. Pope Benedict XVI and President Morsi send their greetings. Salafists reject any relations with Christians and occupy an area of the diocese of Shobra el-Khema (Cairo).
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Egypt, Tawadros II: Morsi is responsible for the attacks against Christians
Coptic Orthodox Patriarch says never in two thousand years has St. Markâ€™s Cathedral suffered such an attack. The Islamist president is not protecting Christians. The video of the assault which took place on April 7. Young Christians and Muslims take to streets in sign of the unity of the Egyptian people.
Al-Azhar rejects Salafist threats, extends Christmas greetings to Orthodox Copts
Ahmed al-Tayeb, grand imam al-Azhar, makes the announcement during a meeting with Coptic Patriarch Tawadros II. Coptic community prepares for Orthodox Christmas on 7 January.
Islamists seize Tahrir Square to impose Sharia on Egypt
Thousands of Muslim extremists bussed in from around the country occupy the place that came to symbolise the January 2011 pro-democracy demonstrations. Muslim Brotherhood and Salafist al-Nour Party leaders stay away from the rally, but many of their rank and files are present. Pro-democracy parties and Egypt's Christians are running out of time to stop Egypt from becoming an Islamic republic.
Giza: Islamist mob attacks Shia village killing four
The lynching took place yesterday afternoon in the village of Abu Zawyat Muslam (Giza). Hassan Shehata, an important leader of the Shia community in Egypt, is among the dead. Apparently, the police stood idly by watching rather than intervening. The military says it is ready to step in the political fray to stop the country from slipping "into a dark tunnel of conflict," the Defence minister said.
Curfew in Delga, a Islamist-held town where Christians cannot live
This morning, the army entered some of the town's districts only thanks to air cover. The Muslim Brotherhood and Salafists had taken it over on 14 August. Because Islamists are heavily armed, the army and police waited for reinforcements before moving in. half of the town's 20,000 Christians have fled after churches and homes were torched or demolished. Those left have to pay jizya, a tax for unbelievers last levied under Ottoman rule.
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