Italy blocks EU religious persecution text ignoring Christians

By Reuters Staff
January 31, 2011
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(Christians protest against what they say is the failure of authorities to protect them, in Cairo January 3, 2011/Mohamed Abd El Ghany)

Top Sunni Islam authority al-Azhar halts dialogue with Vatican

January 21, 2011

al-azharThe highest authority of Sunni Islam, the Islamic University of al-Azhar in Cairo, has frozen all dialogue with the Roman Catholic Church over what it called Pope Benedict’s repeated insults towards Islam. Benedict this month condemned attacks on churches that killed dozens of people in Egypt, Iraq and Nigeria, saying they showed the need to adopt effective measures to protect religious minorities.

Egypt sentences Muslim to death for Coptic shooting

By Reuters Staff
January 16, 2011

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An Egyptian state security court on Sunday sentenced a Muslim man to death for killing six Coptic Christians and a Muslim police officer in a drive-by shooting on Coptic Christmas Eve in January 2010.

Qaeda threat to Egyptian Christians may stir militants

By Reuters Staff
November 3, 2010

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Militants may feel emboldened by an al Qaeda threat against Egypt’s Christians, even if the network itself might struggle to mount such an assault.

Arab Christians face political Islam threat-official says

October 11, 2010

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The rise of political Islam in the Middle East poses a threat to Christians in the Arab world and must be faced together, a senior cleric told a synod of Catholic bishops on Monday.

Egypt Christians say intolerance grows, close ranks

By Reuters Staff
October 7, 2010

coptsMinarets and church towers mingle on Cairo’s skyline, but tensions mar Egypt’s record of religious coexistence and a perception of growing intolerance is leading some Christians to shun their Muslim compatriots.

Egypt prepares new marriage and divorce law for non-Muslims

June 15, 2010

coptEgypt will draft a new law to govern marriage and divorce for non-Muslims, a state newspaper reported, a move analysts see as an attempt to contain anger after a court overruled the Coptic Orthodox Church last month.

Egypt court says Copts can remarry, church objects

May 31, 2010
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Saint Mark's Coptic Orthodox Church in Cairo, December 11, 2005/Tara Todras-Whitehill

Egyptian Christians want action on “insulting” novel

May 6, 2010
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Egyptian Copts celebrate the Feast of Assumption in Dronka, 400 km (310 miles) south of Cairo on August 21, 2008/Amr Dalsh

Shooting at Coptic Christmas highlights Egypt’s sectarian tensions

January 18, 2010
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Ramadan decorations and a Coptic Orthodox church cross in Nagaa Hamady, 9 Jan 2010/Asmaa Waguih