A Coptic Orthodox bishop from Upper Egypt has been murdered in a Cairo street.
The attacker slashed Bishop Samaan Shehata in the head, neck and torso.
According to Morning Star News, a security spokesman said the suspect, Ahmed Saeed Ibrahim, was mentally ill, but neighbours denied this, saying he was a Muslim who had been radicalised a year ago. Since then, Ibrahim had begun praying in the street, shouting loudly and calling Christians infidels.
Captured by people on the street in the outskirts of Cairo and now in custody, Ibrahim reportedly approached Shehata wielding a large knife or cleaver, while the bishop was waiting for another clergyman in his car.
Somalian family attacked in their sleep
Terrorists wound father, kill wife and son
Islamic extremists in Somalia shot a Christian family as they slept, seriously wounding the husband and killing his wife and 11-year-old son.
The militants broke into the family’s home in Afgoi, about 30k from Mogadishu, at dawn. According to Morning Star News, at least four armed men carried out the attack in February, shouting the jihadist slogan, “Allahhu Akbar (Allah is greater)” and saying, “We cannot allow the defiling of our religion with a foreign, Western religion.”
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Plea to halt genocide in Nigeria
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Archangel Michael Church in Cairo – burned by militants and still unrepaired. Picture: Andrew Boyd / Release
by Andrew Boyd
Release International has gathered thousands of names to present a petition calling on Egypt to protect its declining Christian minority. Many Christians have fled the country in recent years to escape persecution and discrimination.
THE EGYPTIAN CHURCH has caused tears across the nation following messages of forgiveness from Christian families of 21 hardworking men beheaded by Islamic State (IS) militants in Libya.
HEART reported in the last issue that the 21 Christian workers from poor backgrounds were abducted from a microbus in Sirte City on November 29 also from a housing complex in Minya on December 3.
Hollywood actor congratulates Sussex director
A HOLLYWOOD FILM ACTOR gave a top award to the film makers of a documentary about the suffering church in Egypt.
Stephen Baldwin, who became a born again Christian after 9/11, gave the “Best Informational Video” to Release International at the Christian Film Festival during the Christian Resources Exhibition in Esher this May.