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Six Steps the World Must Take Now to Stop the Horror of ISIS

Adel Guindy | Posted 08.11.2014 | World
Adel Guindy

The international community is failing to recognize that ISIS is an international -- not just Iraqi -- problem, as a hotbed of terrorism makes roots in such a vital area.

Will Egypt's New President Sisi #BringBackOurCopticGirls?

Lela Gilbert | Posted 08.19.2014 | Impact
Lela Gilbert

Like the Jews before them, Egypt's indigenous "Sunday People" may well find themselves without their ancient homeland. There is no Israel for persecuted Christians -- no safe haven to which they can flee.

Early Image Of Jesus Discovered?

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.01.2014 | Religion

A team of Catalan archaeologists have discovered what they believe could be one of the oldest depictions of Jesus made by the earliest Coptic Christia...

It's Time for the Senate to Support the Religious Freedom Envoy to Middle East, Central Asia

Dwayne Leslie | Posted 06.18.2014 | Religion
Dwayne Leslie

It seemed like a simple, symbolic piece of legislation that elected officials of all political affiliations could quickly agree on, right? After all, who could be opposed to a special envoy dedicated to protecting the rights of religious minorities in some of the most troubled regions of the world?

Egypt's Young Coptic Christians Fight For Civil Rights

Religion News Service | Monique El-Faizy | Posted 03.06.2014 | Religion

CAIRO, Egypt (RNS) A group of Christian youth activists that came together in the tumultuous aftermath of the Egyptian revolution is looking to the fu...

A Precarious Christmas

James Zogby | Posted 02.20.2014 | World
James Zogby

This year, as Arab Christians gather to celebrate the birth of Jesus, the promised "peace on earth, good will to men" will appear, at best, as a remote dream.

Gunmen Open Fire At Egyptian Christian Wedding

Reuters | Maggie Fick | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion

(Adds higher death toll, details) CAIRO, Oct 20 (Reuters) - Gunmen on a motorcycle fired on Egyptian wedding guests outside a Coptic C...

Egyptian Coptic Christians In Crisis

Religion News Service | Monique El-Faizy | Posted 09.06.2013 | Religion

(RNS) Former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams took Britain’s Christian community to task last month when he said that Western Christians need...

'War Begets War, Violence Begets Violence'

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 11.04.2013 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

Let's not lose sight of the grotesque reality of chemical weapons. But what about military intervention? Can we make things better? War is evil. Assad is evil. But what is the likelihood of some targeted cruise missile strikes actually improving things? In the words of the philosophers, what is the reasonable likelihood of success?

Burning the Churches: Egypt's Christians in the Heat of August

Nelly van Doorn-Harder | Posted 10.29.2013 | Religion
Nelly van Doorn-Harder

Egypt's Christians (as well as many Muslims) are ready to move on and feel far from powerless. They will rebuild, not only the structures but also those referred to by Pope Tawadros as the ones who, "have lost their humanity."

Disengage in Egypt: Take Neither Side as the Country Collapses into Violence

Doug Bandow | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Instead of acting as the regime's enabler, the Obama administration should "reset" relations with Cairo. The U.S. should cut off all aid and withdraw America's ambassador. If Washington has any influence to exercise, it should do so quietly and informally

'Inclusive' or 'Democratic' Egypt?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 10.20.2013 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Allowing Egyptians to resolve the current crisis and define their own future would normally be the most appropriate and longer-term constructive policy. However, it is evident that some on either side of the political divide are seeking to draw battle lines.

What Now for Egypt?

Harun Yahya | Posted 08.19.2013 | World
Harun Yahya

The Army and the Brotherhood urgently need to agree on a lowest common denominator. The demands of all the sections of society, Coptic Christians, secularists, liberals, supporters of the Brotherhood and Salafis must be taken on board.

Jaweed Kaleem

Dozens Of Churches Torched Under Violent Attacks In Egypt

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 08.16.2013 | Religion

Human rights groups decried reported attacks and torchings targeting dozens of churches in Egypt amid a mounting death toll as fighting between suppor...

Egypt: Haven't We Learned Our Lesson!

Jehan S. Harney | Posted 09.11.2013 | World
Jehan S. Harney

After the second wave of the Egyptian revolution, the interim declaration should have clearly spelled out the ultimate vision for the new Egypt: A country based on humanity, equality, justice, and freedom for all.

Egypt's Christians Face Violence After Morsi Ouster

AP | HAMZA HENDAWI | Posted 07.11.2013 | World

CAIRO -- With a mob of Muslim extremists on their tail, the Christian businessman and his nephew climbed up on the roof and ran for their lives, jumpi...

Coptic Christian Priest Shot Dead In Egypt

Reuters | Paul Taylor | Posted 09.05.2013 | Religion

(Adds details, background) CAIRO, July 6 (Reuters) - Gunmen shot dead a Coptic Christian priest in Egypt's lawless Northern Sinai on S...

Head Of Egyptian Coptic Church Tweets Support For Prostestors

The Huffington Post | Posted 07.02.2013 | Religion

The head of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt, Pope Tawadros II, tweeted his support Tuesday for the millions of people protesting in the streets of...

Morsi Plays the Sectarian Card

Daniel Wagner | Posted 08.25.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

Morsi must realize that he cannot have his cake and eat it too -- attempting to embrace Tehran on one hand and the West and rest of the Arab world on the other. He is trying to be all things to all people, which will not work.

Religious Oppression Rises Despite Arab Spring

Posted 06.21.2013 | Religion

By Lauren Markoe Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) People who hoped the Arab Spring would lead to greater religious freedom across the Middle...

Detained Christian Teacher Released On Bail

AP | Posted 07.14.2013 | Religion

LUXOR, Egypt — An Egyptian Christian teacher detained over charges of insulting Islam has been released on bail on Tuesday, her lawyer said. A ...

Why The Copts Matter

James Cowan | Posted 07.09.2013 | Religion
James Cowan

The Coptic Church is the West's last link to an early form of Christianity, and to a tradition of eremitical life that has all but disappeared from the modern world. Copts remind us of what Egypt means as a repository of all that the West holds dear in terms of thought, culture and civilization.

Easter Greetings In Egypt: 'May You Be Well Every Year'

Nelly van Doorn-Harder | Posted 07.04.2013 | Religion
Nelly van Doorn-Harder

So, what exactly do Egyptians say for Easter greetings? Christians tell each other "`Ied Qiyama Magid," "Happy Feast of the Resurrection." But all Egyptians can wish each other: "Kulle sanna wa enta tayyeb." May you be well every year!

Fear Rising for Coptic Christians in Egypt

Lela Gilbert | Posted 04.10.2013 | World
Lela Gilbert

One of the worst assaults on Coptic Christians since the fall of Egypt's strongman Hosni Mubarak left several people dead on Friday, most of them Copts.

Clashes Outside Egyptian Cathedral Leave 1 Dead

AP | AYA BATRAWY and SARAH EL DEEB | Posted 06.07.2013 | World

CAIRO — Christians angered by the killing of four Christians in weekend sectarian violence clashed Sunday with a mob throwing rocks and firebomb...