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Churches Across Egypt Attacked
Samia Sidhom, managing editor of Watani, a Cairo news service with a focus on Members of an ethnic religious group from North Africa but primarily Egypt, where they are the largest Christian denomination in the country. Christian issues, tells World Watch Monitor the situation for Egyptian Christians is “very bad”, as Christian homes are under attack.
“The Islamists have again been on a rampage against Copts and churches. It’s bad in Mallawi and Minya – very bad. The Catholic church and the Good Shepherd school have been burned; also the Evangelical church. But worse, they’re attacking the Christians in their homes. Ten houses have been attacked, and now they’re attacking shops too,” says Sidhom.
The Coptic Orthodox bishopric in Mallawi and the 4th Century desert monastery of Abu Fana have also been attacked.
In Cairo, Sidhom says “the Islamists tried to break into the Giza bishopric but were confronted by the army and stopped. A friend who lives close by says they fled to the side streets, cursing the army and shouting abuse at them for defending the church. And also in Cairo, the Islamists attempted to break into the Mar-Girgis church on the Nile Corniche to Helwan, but the Muslims in the neighborhood rushed to defend the church and forced the Islamists to turn back”.
Uzbek Baptist Union Accused Of Violating The Law, Six Years Before The Law Was In Place
The Union of Baptist Evangelical Christian Churches (UBECC) in the Toshkent district purchased a resort area in the year 2000. The area has belonged to the Baptist Union for 13 years, and they have been faithful to take care of the resort and pay all of their utility bills on time. Recently, the Baptist Union received an envelope that read “Returning Property to the State of Uzbekistan”. The letter stated that when the Baptist Union purchased the resort area, they violated the law of nationalization and privatization of the property. That law was released and accepted by the Uzbek government on April 3rd, 2006 (almost six years after the Baptist Union had purchased the resort area). The court hearing is scheduled at the beginning of September. Please pray that the Baptist Union would win the case, and won’t lose their property.
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