"The Christianity of history is not Protestantism. If ever there were a safe truth it is this, and Protestantism has ever felt it so; to be deep in history is to cease to be a Protestant." (-John Henry Newman, An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine).

"Where the bishop is, there let the people gather; just as where ever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church". -St. Ignatius of Antioch (ca 110 AD)a martyr later thrown to the lions, wrote to a church in Asia Minor. Antioch was also where the term "Christian" was first used.

“But if I should be delayed, you should know how to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth.” 1 Timothy 3:15

"This is the sole Church of Christ, which in the Creed we profess to be one, holy, catholic and apostolic." -CCC 811

Monday, May 9, 2011

190 in Egypt sectarian clashes to face military trial

Egyptians watch as firefighters battle a blaze in a church after clashes between Muslims and Christians in Cairo. Egypt's Prime Minister Essam Sharaf called an urgent cabinet meeting Sunday and postponed a Gulf visit after the clashes which left nine people dead, state media said.(AFP)
By Jailan Zayan, AFP

CAIRO (AFP) - Egypt's military rulers said on Sunday that 190 people detained overnight in connection with deadly clashes between Muslims and Christians in Cairo will face a military trial.

The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, which has ruled Egypt since a popular uprising toppled president Hosni Mubarak, ordered "the transfer of all those arrested in connection with (Saturday's) events, and they number 190, to the Supreme Military Court, as a deterrent to all those who think of toying with the potential of this nation."


In a statement on its Facebook page, the council also said it would "set up a committee to assess the damage caused by the clashes and to restore all property and places of worship to how they were before the events."

In a stern communique, the council warned of the "severe dangers facing Egypt during this phase."

It called on "all communities in Egypt, the youth of the revolution, the national forces and Islamic and Christian scholars to stand like a wall against any attempt by the forces of evil and darkness to tear the national fabric."

The clashes in the working class neighbourhood of Imbaba, in northwest Cairo, on Saturday also left 186 injured, TV reported.

The two groups clashed after Muslims attacked the Coptic Saint Mena church in Imbaba to free a Christian woman they alleged was being held against her will because she wanted to convert to Islam.

Copts account for up to 10 percent of the country's 80 million people and they complain of discrimination, and have been the targets of fairly regular sectarian attacks.

2 comments:

  1. It seems that the toppling of Mubarak has hastened and increased the persecution of Christians in Egypt. My continued prayers are with them and their safety.

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  2. You are right Teresa. Let's keep our Coptic brethren in our prayers and also those who persecute them.. may God forgive them for they do not know what they are doing.

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