Persecution in Egypt – Period of Fasting

Special note from Fr. Antonios Baky
It is important for us to stay connected with our brothers and sisters in Egypt. These events should not be disregarded or thought to be something that does not pertain to us. Please, pray for Egypt and our Christian family; make the time and give the effort to pray with the congregation at the liturgies.

The Story

Copts began protesting in Shubra at 3:30 PM today and reached Maspiro by 6:00 PM. At Maspiro they were awaited by military tanks which proceeded to drive into the crowds severely injuring and mutilating hundreds of protesters. Military police also fired on protesters with live ammunition and tear gas. The number of dead is not established yet but witnesses have said between 10-20 Copts have died and over 300 have been injured. State TV claims two soldiers are dead, 30 are injured and many cars have been burned. Copts reject this as false and say the two soldiers that died were killed in a tank accident and not because of any injury from the protesters and they insist the protest is peaceful.

“State TV says we are armed with live ammunition and Molotov cocktails. We have crosses and candles and nothing else…” Many Copts also say that there are many thugs among them that are firing bullets and throwing Molotov cocktails on the army police in order to incite violence. These thugs are not even Coptic and this scheme has been planned for days. “These acts of violence are staged by the Muslims and the security forces themselves to make it appear that we are violent”, says a frustrated protester.

“State TV says we are throwing rocks at the police. Show me one rock on the street! There are none! We are peaceful and the media is trying to undermine our efforts!”

This year many monasteries have been attacked. Four churches have been burned including one last week. Many Copts have died. “Coptic blood stains the streets! There are body parts all over the streets!” says a protester today.

Raif Anwar, the youth who was brutally beaten by police several days ago, was also protesting. Among the dead is “Waiel”, one of the reporters for “The Way Channel” which has been in the front and center for reporting on the persecution of Copts in Egypt.

“We will not stop! We will die for our church! We need the world to see our plight!” says a protester. Copts are frustrated with the current situation and feel like they are persecuted for being Christian.


The Holy Synod calls for fasting and prayer

The Holy Synod of the Coptic Orthodox Church under the leadership of Pope Shenouda III met with seventy in attendance on Monday October 10, 2011 in the Papal residence in Cairo, Egypt to discuss the events of the prior day in front of Maspiro where at least 24 of our beloved children have been killed and at least 200 have been injured. We ascertain that our Christian faith doesn’t allow us to use violence of any kind. But we also know that strangers implanted themselves among our children and committed acts that are more suited to their morals. Coptic Christians feel that their problems are always being repeated without accountability and without the due justice of the law. The Holy Synod invites all Coptic Christians to fast and pray for three days beginning Tuesday October 12, 2011 that God may bring his peace to our beloved country of Egypt.

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