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Pilgrims shot dead on Egyptian bus

November 24, 2018 |

Seven Christian pilgrims were killed in central Egypt when a bus taking them to a remote monastery was attacked by gunmen on 2 November.

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Churches closed after Muslim riots

September 27, 2018 |

Due to attacks by Muslim mobs, eight Egyptian churches have been closed.

According to Premier, the Muslim protesters didn’t want the church buildings to be given legal recognition.

Two years ago, the Egyptian government gave churches the same legal rights … Read More

Life and death on the Nile

February 1, 2018 |

As Egypt’s Christians are targeted by Islamist extremists and rats bite off the ears of slum-dwelling Christian children, Wilfred Wong reports on this country that has long played a mysterious part in God’s purposes Meet Egypt’s Mother Teresa Nominated for the Nobel … Read More

Coptic bishop hacked down in Cairo

November 29, 2017 |

A Coptic Orthodox bishop from Upper Egypt has been murdered in a Cairo street.

Captured by security camera before other citizens caught him, Bishop Samaan Shehata’s assailant arrives at a warehouse in pursuit of the injured Shehata, weapon in hand Credit: Morning Star News

Captured by security camera before other citizens caught him, Bishop Samaan Shehata’s assailant arrives at a warehouse in pursuit of the injured Shehata, weapon in hand

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. Read More


March 30, 2017 |

Somalian family attacked in their sleep

Terrorists wound father, kill wife and son

Al Shabaab militants in Somalia – affiliated with Al Qaeda

Al Shabaab militants in Somalia – affiliated with Al Qaeda

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.” Read More


February 2, 2017 |

Suffering Christians: an average of five churches are attacked every Sunday in Nigeria

Plea to halt genocide in Nigeria

Christian leaders and human rights campaigners in Nigeria are warning that the systematic Islamist attacks in northern Nigeria are aimed at … Read More

Egypt: Muslims attack Christian homes in Alexandria

July 27, 2016 |

Recent visits by a Coptic priest to one man’s home in a village outside Alexandria gave locals reason to think a Christian place of worship was springing up in their midst. On Friday 17 June, after the Muslim noon prayers, … Read More


December 1, 2015 |

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. Read More

Response of grace to 21 beheadings

March 30, 2015 |

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. Read More

Egyptian convert not allowed to travel to court

November 27, 2014 |

THE FIRST Egyptian citizen to change his legal religious identity from ‘Muslim’ to ‘Christian’ faces losing his prison appeal because he is not allowed to travel to court. Read More

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