Atrocities against Egypt’s Christians continue to grow July 7, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, Ecumenism, General Catholic, horror, martyrdom, persecution, scandals, Society, Spiritual Warfare, the enemy, unadulterated evil.
At least three Christians (all Copts) have been killed in Egypt in the past week and a half. They included a priest and a nun. The layman was beheaded. Some are trying to say the nun was accidentally wounded, but there is some skepticism over this. A brief roundup on the depredations against Christians in one of the more stable, “permissive” Mideastern states. Things in places like Syria and Iraq are far, far worse:
Yesterday, July 5, a Coptic nun was shot dead in Egypt.
The police called it a “tragic accident”. It currently not being treated as a crime. The nun was accidentally caught in a shootout between two rival clans. An stray bullet killed the nun, says Fides ……..
……..The first reports reported an anti-Christian attack.The investigating police of Guizeh denied this, however, describing the shooting between two local Muslim clans as the reason for the “accidental” death of the nun.
……..On June 24, several Christian homes had been burned in al-Baeda in Alexandria. A Muslim mob had gathered after Friday prayers in front of the house of Christian Naim Aziz because the false rumor was spread among Muslims, that the house may be converted into a church. The Muslims shouted the slogan: “Under no circumstances will there be a church here.” To be sure, deeds followed their words, and and they burned down the house of a Christian and a few other Christian homes for good measure. [When an area is under muslim suzerainty, generally it is impossible to get permission to build new Christian churches or even substantially improve/repair existing ones. That’s a powerful means to help keep the Faith in check]
…..The Christians of Egypt have been experiencing a new wave of Islamic violence for months. Last Thursday a Coptic Orthodox priest was murdered on the Sinai Peninsula belonging to Egypt. The priest Raphael Moussa was 46 years old. After the Holy Mass, which he celebrated in the Mar Girgis Church of the city of El-Arish in the north of the peninsula, he was killed in the parking lot in front of the church by a targeted shot. The murder was claimed by the terrorist militia Islamic State (IS).
A separate post from Eponymous Flower deals with the beheading:
on Monday, July 4, a Coptic Christian was stabbed in Tanta (Gharbia Governorate) by Islamists and then beheaded.
The 33-year-old pharmacist and Coptic Christian, Magdy Attia, was lured with a medication order into a house and killed there. According to Egyptian media reports, the house is inhabited by Salafists.
Awful. What is happening to the Christians of the Mideast is horrific. I pray their sufferings may bring a great flowering of the Faith there and conversion of millions of muslims.
For the commenter who dropped by this morning and left a profanity-filled rant, buddy, I do cover the persecution of Christians in the Mideast all the time. I have written dozens of posts on the subject over the years, as longtime readers can attest. I can’t possibly ride everyone’s hobby horse every day, and, yes, local events tend to get more play than international ones. I understand your outrage and anger but I ain’t the one to direct it at. I’ve been a strong supporter of Mideast Christians and your comments were as unjust as they were unhinged.
Any further such comments will result in permanent banning, even granting some leeway for English not being your first language.
The fact that the Church leadership continues to very often ignore or explain away muslim atrocities against Christians in pursuit of (I guess) the great one world religion project is one of the most galling aspects of being a Catholic today.