Premier | Archbishop Angaelos: we are praying for safety for Coptic Christmas

The first Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in London, Bishop Angaelos, told Premier he is praying that “a time of celebration isn’t turned into a time of mourning”. There was fear that violence would hit the Christian community on Christmas Day on Sunday 7th January after believers have faced a tough year, including nine … Continued

BobFM | Stevenage-based Bishop ‘saddened’ by loss of ‘precious lives’ after attacks on Coptic Christians

A Stevenage-based religious leader says he’s ‘saddened’ by the loss of ‘precious lives’ after attacks on Coptic Christians, south of Cairo. Bishop Angaelos, who’s the General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the UK, has issued a statement after six civilians and a policeman died. Egypt’s interior ministry says it happened when a  gunman … Continued

The Gospel Herald | Coptic Christians Boys Share How Muslim Extremists Brutally Murdered Father in Front of Them After He Refused to Deny Christ

Two young Coptic Christian boys have recounted the horrific tale of how Muslim extremists in the Minya province of Egypt brutally murdered their father in front of them after he refused to deny Christ and embrace Islam. Ayad, a Coptic Christian, had planned to take his two boys, Mina (10) and Marco (14), on a … Continued

Independent Catholic News | Pray for Egypt

At the end of a week dedicated to praying for religious freedom, there has been a deadly attac at a place of worship in Egypt. More than 235 people were killed when gunmen attacked a crowded mosque during Friday prayers in the Sinai Peninsula. The mosque is frequented by Sufis, members of Islam’s mystical movement, … Continued

Christian Today | Coptic Church bells ring out across Egypt in solidarity with mosque attack victims

Bells rang out in Coptic Orthodox churches across Egypt today at 12 noon local time in solidarity with the victims of the terrorist attack on the Sinai mosque yesterday. Up to 300 people were killed when militants targeted worshippers in a coordinated gun and bomb attack on al-Rawdah mosque in Bir al-Abed, west of Arish … Continued

RNS | Third International Religious Freedom Conference to spotlight persecution of Christians and impending disappearance of Christianity from the holy lands and Middle East

NEW YORK – Open Doors, the California-based non-profit that has tracked Christian persecution for the past 25 years, points out that millions of Christians face interrogation, arrest, torture, and/or death because of their religious convictions and cultural or ethnic identification. The U.S. State Department reports that Christians face persecution in more than 60 countries with … Continued

Premier | Parliament to glow red at religious intolerance

The Houses of Parliament in central London will be turned red by floodlights next week, as part of a campaign highlight religious intolerance. The Palace of Westminster is among dozens of public buildings across the country which will be brightly illuminated next Wednesday evening for the #RedWednesday initiative. Other landmarks taking part include cathedrals in … Continued

The Tablet | COPTIC CHURCH TO SET UP NEW DIOCESE OF LONDON

The Coptic Orthodox Church that was founded by St Mark in the middle of the first century is to establish a new diocese – in London. Bishop Angaelos, a well-known figure in ecclesiastical circles who is currently the Coptic Church’s general bishop in the UK, is to be enthroned as the new London diocesan bishop … Continued

Premier | Islamic militants attack church, killing seven

Islamic militants in Egypt’s Sinai region attacked a church on Monday, killing seven people, including a child, before storming a nearby bank and emptying its safe. The terrorists drove into the city centre of el-Arish in the morning and split into two groups, throwing grenades and exchanging gunfire with guards at an unused Coptic church, … Continued

Christian Today | Coptic Orthodox priest stabbed to death in Cairo, Bishop Angaelos laments ‘negligence and injustice’

A Coptic Orthodox priest has been stabbed to death in Cairo, Egypt. The head of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the UK has decried what he said was the injustice surrounding the crime. Father Samaan from Beni Suef in Upper Egypt was attacked and stabbed to death yesterday while walking down a street in Cairo. … Continued