Monday, May 9, 2011

Pray for the Church in Egypt This Week

From Assyrian International News Agency:
Christians Copts in the area of Embaba were attacked Saturday evening by Muslim Salafis. The attacks lasted for 14 hours. The Muslims fired guns and rifles and hurled Molotov cocktails at Coptic churches, houses and businesses. 12 Copts were killed and 232 injured.

Three churches, an apartment complex, homes and businesses were looted and burned in a 14-hour attack. The Egyptian authorities were called repeatedly, but did not respond for nearly five hours. More from the article:
The Bishop of Giza, Anba Theodosius, said "These things are planned. We have no law or security, we are in a jungle. We are in a state of chaos. One rumor burns the whole area. Everyday we have a catastrophe." Addressing the Salafis he said "We will never leave our country".

Most witnesses interviewed asked for international protection of the Copts, as the army does nothing when it comes to attacks on Copts. Others accused the army of complicity.
Pray for the Church in Egypt, and for the Church around the world, that each of us has the courage and depth of faith to return with love the many forms of hatred we each endure for Christ.

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