At Least Nine People Killed in Attack on Coptic Church in Egypt

Congregation leaving worship service as gunman fired.

CAIRO, Egypt (Morning Star News) – At least nine people were shot to death and several others wounded after gunmen attacked parishioners leaving a worship service this morning in a town south of Cairo, according to the Egyptian Interior Ministry. Eight of those killed were Christians, officials said. Some of those wounded were in critical condition […]

Christians in Egypt Lose More Worship Sites

Fear of Islamist attacks again cited for closing churches.

ABERDEEN, Scotland (Morning Star News) – Fear of Islamist attacks was again cited as the cause of stopping worship in Egypt this month, even though parishioners said local Muslims supported the opening of the shuttered church outside Cairo, sources said. Anba Morcos, Coptic Orthodox bishop of Shobra El-Kheima, decided to close the Pope Kerlis VI and […]

Coptic Orthodox Bishop Killed outside Cairo, Egypt

Like many accused Muslims, suspect is said to be mentally ill.

CAIRO (Morning Star News) – A Coptic Orthodox bishop from Upper Egypt was slain outside Cairo, Egypt yesterday. The assailant struck Bishop Samaan Shehata in the head, neck and torso with a machete in the El Salam area near El Marg District on the outskirts of Cairo, according to local reports. Shehata was born in 1972. […]

Egypt Closes One Church, Blocks Worship at Another

Officials use security risk as pretext to keep places of worship closed.

CAIRO (Morning Star News) – Authorities have closed a church that serves three villages in Upper Egypt on the pretext that area Muslims object to it – one of at least 15 Christian worship sites shuttered in the bishopric of Minya, sources said. Coptic Orthodox Bishop of Minya Anba Makarios spent weeks appealing to security officials […]

Soldier Beaten to Death for His Christian Faith, Relatives Say

Three officers attacked new arrival after learning of his faith, they say.

CAIRO (Morning Star News) – Egyptian military officers beat a new soldier to death on July 19 upon learning that he was a Christian, relatives said. Joseph Reda Helmy of Kafr Darwish village, Beni Suef Governorate, had just completed training at Mobarak military training center and was transferred to Al-Salaam special forces police unit, where three […]

Young Christian Woman Said To Be Kidnapped Outside Cairo, Egypt

Third apparent abduction in area since accidental shooting of Muslim.

CAIRO (Morning Star News) – A young Coptic woman in a suburb of Cairo, Egypt remains missing after her disappearance last week from an area where Muslim attacks against Christians have surged, sources said. Suzan Ashraf Rawy, 22, left for work by foot from her home in Al Khosous on the morning of June 5 but […]

Islamic Extremists in Egypt Slaughter Coptic Christians on Pilgrimage to Monastery

Islamist gunmen open fire on bus full of youths.

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – Heavily armed Islamists in Egypt ambushed a youth pilgrimage to a monastery this morning, shooting dozens of bus passengers to death and leaving more to succumb to their wounds on a desert road. The attack in Minya Province killed 30 people, following the recent death in a hospital of one […]

Bombings at Two Churches in Egypt Turn Palm Sunday into Scenes of Carnage

Blasts in Tanta and Alexandria kill at least 44 people.

(Morning Star News) – Bomb attacks on two Coptic churches holding Palm Sunday services in Egypt today killed at least 44 people and injured more than 100 others, according to reports. The first bomb exploded in the Nile Delta city of Tanta, at St. George’s Church about 60 miles north of Cairo, killing at least […]

Christians in Al-Arish, Egypt Flee after Killings in Northern Sinai

Seven Copts on peninsula slain in one month.

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – Hundreds of Christians continue to flood out of the Egyptian town of Al-Arish in northern Sinai after the third Copt in a week was gunned down on Thursday (Feb. 23), reportedly by Islamic State-linked militants. The mass exodus comes after three Coptic Christians were killed in what appears to be […]

Coptic Christians in Egypt Mourn after Worst Church Bombing in Country’s History

Government claims suicide bomber was responsible.

ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – As government investigators sifted through the scene of Egypt’s worst bombing attack against Christians in the nation’s history, today the families of those who were slain mourned and buried their dead. Yesterday (Dec. 11) morning, at least 24 worshippers were killed and 49 wounded when an explosion ripped through the […]