The pounding on the door shook Mina Hanna awake. A neighbour had urgent news: Fire at the church.
It was 3 a.m. on Aug. 20.
Hanna and his younger brother, Ibrahim Saber, ran to their church, Mar Girgis Coptic Orthodox, in the Sharara village in the centre of Abu Qurqas, a city of about 60,000 people in the Minya Province, about 240 kilometres, or 150 miles, south of Cairo.
An extraordinary thing happened on Wednesday night in Washington, D.C. More than one thousand people were gathered for a dinner in honor of the newly formed organization In Defense of Christians.
It should have been a victorious, celebratory moment―and for a short time it was.
Praying for war dead at Italian WWI Memorial, Francis condemns apathy toward ongoing conflict.
Humanity may be in the early days of a Third World War, Pope Francis said during a ceremony marking the centennial of the start of World War I.
The Pope on Saturday morning celebrated Mass at the Italian Military Memorial of Redipuglia. The area was the scene of fighting between Italy and the forces of the Central Powers during the 1914-1918 conflict.
“There are tears, there is sadness. From this place we remember all the victims of every war,” Pope Francis said during a homily at a Mass for the fallen and victims of all wars. He called war “madness” and “irrational” and said its only plan was to bring destruction.
President Barack Obama's campaign against the Islamic State (ISIS) is largely a "political battle," because it would be difficult for his administration to admit they were starting a war, Middle East expert Dr. Walid Phares told Newsmax TV's "America's Forum."
"This is really a political battle, because the president and members of the administration committed that they are here to end war. It would be difficult for them to admit that they are opening a very large war," Phares said Friday. "What is happening right now is the administration wants to begin this campaign, but really doesn't know how to end it."
The use of the W-word could have both legal and political implications.
Top Obama Administration officials have publicly given conflicting accounts in recent days over a fundamental question of the new U.S. military campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria: Is the nation at war?
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Coptic Solidarity 2014 Conference
The Annual Conference was held in Washington, D.C. on June 26-28, 2014.