Egyptians are currently busy electing their first parliament after the 30 June 2013 Revolution. This massive revolution saved Egypt from the stranglehold of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood rule, which came in the wake of the 2011 Arab Spring. Today, Egyptians pin their hopes and aspirations on the upcoming parliament to fulfil long awaited legislative reform.
One of the many mysteries of the current political and media scene is the neglect which accompanies a growing worldwide Christian martyrdom, but particularly in the Middle East.
Saint Anthony (3rd–4th century) was one of the first monks to retire to the desert to devote himself to fasting and prayer. The Church knows his life story thanks to his biographer, St. Athanasius, the bishop of Alexandria. “When we visited St. Anthony in the ruins where he lived, we heard a commotion, thousands of voices and the clash of arms. Also, at night, wild beasts would come, and the saint fought them off with prayer,” said Athanasius.
With violence escalating in Syria and elsewhere in its neighborhood, the Egyptian public maintains a highly unfavorable view of a whole roster of governments and political movements active in the Middle East, whether from inside or outside the region. The sole exception on this list is public opinion toward the Egyptian government’s own policies: they score a solid “very positive” (48 percent) or at least “fairly positive” (24 percent) rating.
The Nour Party, which is the largest entity representing the Salafis, fell dramatically in the elections. The fall was so hard that the sound of collision with the ground could be heard all over Alexandria, its very stronghold.
Coptic Solidarity 2015 Conference
The Annual Conference was held in Washington, D.C. on June 11-13, 2015.