In recent years, Egyptian Christians and Muslims alike have suffered at the hands of Islamic extremists.
But the light of Christ shines in the lowliest of places. One Egyptian woman picked up her cross and left an affluent life to bring hope to impoverished children surrounded by garbage.
Does abduction signal Islamic State’s move on Homs?
Local Muslims in Syria can help win the release of Father Jacques Mourad, a Syrian priest who was kidnapped Thursday, says a Swiss Middle East expert who leads a support network for Syrian monasteries.
After seizing Palmyra on May 20, Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) is now said to control 50 percent of Syria, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
“There are no forces to stop them [entering the ruins],” Observatory director Rami Abdurrahman said. “But the important thing also is they now control 50 percent of Syria.”
Extremist group has sent money, trainers and fighters
Islamic State leaders in Syria have sent money, trainers and fighters to Libya in increasing numbers, raising new concerns for the U.S. that the militant group is gaining traction in its attempts to broaden its reach and expand its influence.
They are charged with a series of offences, two of which - undermining the constitutional system and waging war against the state - carry the possibility of the death penalty or life imprisonment.
Sudan's minister of religion, Shalil Abdullah, has said that the authorities would not issue permits for the construction of new churches.