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Egypt’s Grief-Stricken Christians Fear a New Wave of Persecution Following Death of Pope Shenouda III


“The death of Pope Shenouda III, who led Egypt’s Coptic Christian Church for 40 years, has increased fears among Copts that they will face persecution and discrimination as Islamic parties become more powerful.

Hundreds of thousands of mourners, many crying, packed the streets around St Mark’s Cathedral in Cairo yesterday as they waited to file past the body of Pope Shenouda, dressed in ceremonial robes and sitting in the papal chair. Ashraf, 26, a blacksmith, said as he stood beside the outer wall of the cathedral that ‘the very existence of Shenouda made us feel protected’.

A tired-looking woman, who would not give her name, was sitting on the pavement holding a child. She said: ‘I wish I could get in to see the body. I feel worse that our protector has gone. God knows what is going to happen.’

Egypt’s Copts, estimated to number 10 to 12 million, complain that they are treated as second-class citizens and denied top jobs. They had hoped that the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak last year would reduce discrimination, but now fear their condition may worsen as the Muslim Brotherhood and the fundamentalist Salafi movement, which together have 70 per cent of the seats in the newly elected parliament, gain greater influence.

Pope Shenouda, 88, was famous as a cautious Coptic leader, all-powerful within his community, who for four decades had dealt with the Egyptian government. Born in Assiut, in upper Egypt, he was careful to give support to President Mubarak. He was briefly stripped of his temporal powers by President Anwar Sadat in 1981, for accusing the government of being tolerant of extreme Islam…

The Coptic Orthodox Church is a branch of Christianity founded in Egypt, but has devotees across the Middle East, Africa and Asia. The apostle Mark is believed to have visited Egypt country in 50AD.” Read more.

Egyptian Cleric Wagdi Ghoneim Praises Allah for the Death of Pope Shenouda III: ‘May Allah Exact Revenge from Him in the Hellfire‘ – “Praise be to Allah. With the grace of Allah, the head of unbelief and polytheism, known as Shenouda, died yesterday, may Allah exact revenge from him. God’s worshippers and the trees and the animals were all relieved by his death. Egypt is relieved by his [death], because he generated sectarian strife… This dead accursed criminal, known as Shenouda, was told that the Koran says, in Surat Al-Maida: ‘And [beware the day] when Allah will say: Oh Jesus, Son of Mary, did you say to the people: Take me and my mother as gods beside Allah?’ [Shenouda] said: ‘We don’t take Christ and his mother as gods beside Allah. He Is God.’ … Are we supposed to send condolences or be sad about someone like this? We should be happy that he died. Let him go to Hell. May Allah exact revenge from him in the Hellfire – from him and from all those who follow his path.” Source – MEMRI.

  1. 03/20/2012 at 9:22 PM
  2. ICA
    03/20/2012 at 11:41 PM

    Like everything we’re reading now with Israel and the nations that surround her, it is all just a matter of time …

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  3. 03/21/2012 at 1:13 AM

    Op-ed from Israeli paper advising Jews to flee the growing antisemitism in Europe:

    http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/11413#.T2liEPnh-So

    Happens to correspond with rising Islamism in Europe, funny coincidence, I guess.

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  4. 03/21/2012 at 10:01 AM

    I am getting this feeling that not to far in the future we will be seeing the European Spring – the Muslims are just waiting for the right oppurtunity

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