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Fanatics Protest Building Church to Honor Beheaded Copts
By Watani

Following the Muslim Friday noon prayers, scores of hardline Muslims at al-Our Village in Samalout, Minya, held demonstrations that marched through the village to protest the building of a new church. Al-Our is the home village of 13 out of the 20 Copts who were beheaded by IS in Libya last February. 

 

The Islam Reformers vs. the Muslim Zealots
By Ayaan Hirsi Ali – WP

The ferment we see in the Muslim world today is not solely due to despotic political systems, and it is not solely due to failing economies and the poverty they breed. Rather, it is also due largely to Islam itself and the incompatibility of certain of that faith’s key tenets with modernity.

 

Iraqi Christian Leader Makes Direct Appeal at UN
By John Burger - Alateia

The leader of Iraq’s Chaldean Catholics at the United Nations in New York on Thursday, urged international leaders to support his country’s government in a drive for “the liberation of all Iraqi cities."

 

Egypt’s Response to the Beheading of Copts by IS in Libya
By Ishak Ibrahim - TIMEP

On Thursday, Egyptians marked the culmination of the traditional, forty-day period of mourning for the twenty Egyptians and one Ghanaian beheaded by the Islamic State (IS) branch in Tripoli, Libya.

 

ISIS Offspring of Repression and Prevailing Religious Discourse in the Arab World: NGOs
By CIHRS

26 Rights organizations write an open letter to Arab Monarchs and Presidents.

 


Thousands of Egyptian Christians Mourn the Death of Pope Shenouda III

An estimated 100,000 Coptic Christians in Egypt have queued to pay respects to their spiritual leader, Pope Shenouda III who has died aged 88.

Thousands of mourners filed past their spiritual leader's dead body as it sat in the papal chair during a vigil inside Cairo's St Mark's Cathedral on Sunday.

Pope Shenouda's body was placed in a coffin before being seated on the ceremonial throne dressed in an embroidered robe and golden mitre.

The pope died on Saturday after suffering from cancer and had lead Egypt's Church for forty years.

The religious head sought to soothe sectarian tension during his tenure at the top of Egypt's Orthodox Church, but saw increasing flare-ups in the majority Muslim nation in the final months of his life.

Around 10 per cent of Egypt's population are Coptic Christians, making them the Middle East's largest Christian minority with 80 million followers.

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The Telegraph

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/egypt/9151484/Thousands-of-Egyptian-Christians-mourn-the-death-of-Pope-Shenouda-III.html

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