Pope leads condemnation of Egypt church attack

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday led condemnation of a New Year's Day bomb attack in a Coptic church in Egypt that claimed 21 lives, urging world leaders to defend Christians against abuse.

The head of the Roman Catholic Church was the first religious leader to react to the bombing which targeted worshippers as they emerged from a midnight mass in Alexandria.

Suicide bomber kills 21 at Egypt church

by Mona Salem

Suicide bomber kills 21 at Egypt churchALEXANDRIA, Egypt (AFP) – Egypt said a suicide bomber killed 21 people and wounded 79 outside a Coptic church on Saturday, in an attack President Hosni Mubarak said was the work of "foreign hands."

The Media Line

Egypt Weighs Easing Rules on Building New Churches

Written by David E. Miller
Published Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Regulations make it almost impossible for Copts to erect or repair their houses of worship

Egypt’s government is weighing changes to laws that make it virtually impossible for the country’s Christians to build or expand a church.

No law regulates erecting houses of worship, but building a new church in Egypt requires a presidential permit, as well as security clearance from Egypt's State Security Intelligence. The procedure can take years winding its way through Egypt’s bureaucracy or may never get approval at all.


Hon. Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, and Hon. Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, issued the following statement condemning Al-Qaida’s naming of Coptic Christians in Canada on their website

Ottawa, December 21, 2010 – The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, and the Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, today issued the following statement condemning Al-Qaida’s naming of Coptic Christians in Canada on their website:  

“Our government strongly condemns threats made on the internet by hateful fanatics against adherents to the Coptic Orthodox Christian faith in Canada and abroad.”

Verdict in Egyptian Copt killings trial expected mid-January

Cairo - An Egyptian court is expected to hand down its verdict against three men charged with shooting Coptic Christians outside a church in the south of the country on January 16, a judicial source said Sunday.

Gunmen opened fire on parishioners leaving a Coptic Christmas Eve mass in January this year in Nagaa Hamadi town, 650 kilometres south of Cairo. Coptic Christians celebrate Christmas on January 7. 
American Copts Rally At UN
By Mary Abdelmassih 

United Nations (AINA) -- Thousands of Egyptian American Copts, led by Coptic bishops and clergymen representing other Christian denominations, protested on December 14 in front of the United Nations in New York against the on-going opersecution of their Coptic brethren in Egypt (video of rally).

Coptic movement in Australia urges Kevin Rudd to express concern over Coptic persecution in Egypt

Australian Coptic Movement Association

The Hon. Kevin Rudd MP, the Australian Foreign Affairs Minister, has today attended a meeting with His Excellency, President Mohammad Hosni Mubarak of Egypt. The two are set to host Middle Eastern peace talks, in a rare visit by a senior Cabinet minister to Egypt.

Given the nature of this meeting, the Australian Coptic Movement (ACM) have issued a statement, stating that it would have been only appropriate that the Hon. Kevin Rudd convey the concerns of the Australian Government and the people, over the state of affairs pertaining to Egypt’s Indigenous Coptic Population of over 10 million.

'Coptic Blood is Not Cheap' Says Egyptian Coptic Pope
By Mary Abdelmassih
(AINA) -- During his weekly sermon on Wednesday November 8 at St. Mark's Cathedral in Cairo, Coptic Pope Shenouda III said "Coptic Blood is not Cheap," referring to the Coptic young men killed after security forces opened fire on them on November 24. In response to a query from a Copt in the audience as to what was the church doing for the 157 Copts detained and charged in connection with the incident of St. Mary and St. Michel's Church in Talbiya, the Pope said "We are doing our best in this matter."


Pope Shenouda speaks out on behalf of the victims of the Omrania violence last month



Egypt’s patriarch, Pope Shenouda III, has announced that the Coptic community will not forget the blood of those who died during the events at the Omrania church last month.



During his weekly sermon on Wednesday evening, the pope insisted that the church will do its best to bring justice to the victims and punish all the perpetrators, adding that Coptic blood is not cheap. 
Copts Rally At Egyptian Supreme Court, Demand Release of Detainees

Cairo (AINA)
Dozens of Copts and a number of Muslims protested on December 4th in front of the Supreme Court in Cairo to call attention to the use of deadly force by State Security against Coptic protesters, which occurred on November 24 in Talbiya, Giza. The clashes between Copts and security forces resulted in 4 Coptic deaths as well as 120 injuries (AINA 12-3-2010).

Cairo police clash with Christian rioters, 1 dead


The Associated Press
CAIRO -- Hundreds of Christians smashed cars and windows and tried to assault a municipal building in Cairo Wednesday after police violently stopped the construction of a church, leaving one person dead and underscoring serious Egypt's sectarian tensions.

Egypt's Pope denounces use of force against Coptic protesters
Shenouda III, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of Archbishopric Saint Marcus
Photographed by Fouad Elgarnousy
Head of the Egyptian Coptic Church Pope Shenouda III on Wednesday denounced the use of force against Coptic Christian protesters.


Hijab woman Carnita Matthews sentenced to six months' jail


Carnita Matthews, 46, of Woodbine in Sydney's south, had in August pleaded not guilty to one charge of knowingly making a false complaint relating to events in June.

Memorial service for the martyrs of Church of Deliverance Massacre 31 October 2010 

At Holy Trinity Church4 Brook Green, London, W6 7BL

On 12 November 2010

Iraqi memorial 3


  • Father Nizar Samaan in his sermon: History will disgrace all of us if we do not expose to the world what happened, raise our voice, condemn the killing, and do our best to prevent it happening again. 
  • We all for Iraq and Iraq for all of us, we will not leave Iraq and will not allow terrorism to win. 
  • The murderers are not the only responsible for the massacre but who ever incites them are equally responsible. 
  • We need to hear condemnation not only from politicians but now we need Islamic Authorities Fatwas to say killing the innocent of what ever religion is forbidden in Islam. Fatwa’s are issued for trivial matters but this is very important issue and we need to hear Fatwa now.



Geert Wilders hate speech trial collapses in Netherlands

Retrial ordered after it emerged that one of the judges in the case had tried to sway a potential witness

Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders in court 

Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders (right) in court on the final day of arguments in his trial for hate speech. Photograph: Koen Van Weel/AFP/Getty Images

The hate speech trial of the controversial far-right Dutch leader, Geert Wilders, collapsed in disarray at the last minute today when the panel of judges in the case were deemed to be biased. A retrial was ordered.


How murder exposed Saudi prince's homosexual life

By Chris Summers BBC News

The Landmark Hotel in central London 

The couple stayed for almost a month at the Landmark Hotel in London 

A Saudi prince has been convicted of murdering his manservant, who was found beaten to death in bed at a plush London hotel. The defendant spent most of the trial trying to prove he was not gay. Why?

Before his trial began at the Old Bailey, Prince Saud bin Abdulaziz bin Nasir al Saud made strenuous efforts to keep the question of his homosexuality secret.



Muslim woman asked to take off her veil in court

A MUSLIM woman was asked to take off her veil in a Midland court to give evidence against her former partner in an assault case.

Leicester magistrates warned Georgina Richards they might not be able to accept her evidence if she kept the veil on.


British group warning of spread of radical Islam seeks ties with US' Tea Party movement

LONDON — Tentative links are developing between supporters of the Tea Party movement in the United States and right-wing fringe groups in Britain that are opposed to what they call the "Islamification" of Europe.

The movements are not formally aligned, but the relatively new English Defence League — which warns that Islamic fundamentalism will soon engulf Britain — is seeking guidance and inspiration from some U.S. figures taking a similar stance.

The Independent 

French burqa ban to become law after constitutional court unexpectedly approves

Oct 8 2010

A ban on the burka, and other full-face veils will take effect in France from next spring after an unexpected ruling by the country’s highest legal authority last night.

In a decision that will divide the country, and may spark fears of Islamic fundamentalist reprisals, the Conseil Constitutionnel removed the final legal obstacle to the ban, by ruling that a so-called “anti-burka” law passed by both houses of the French parliament did not infringe fundamental liberties.

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