Loading
Cathedral protests in Egypt won’t threaten peace, missionary says

.- The Coptic Christians of Egypt have announced a march of one million people to protect the Cathedral of San Marco from the protests of a Muslim group.

One Catholic missionary in the country is cautioning against seeing the action as a move toward inter-religious conflict.

Several Coptic movements have announced a May 6 protest march to protect the cathedral in the Cairo suburb of Abbasseya. On April 29 thousands of Salafi Muslims staged a sit-in protest in front of the cathedral to seek the “release” of Kamilia Shehata, the wife of a Coptic priest who they claim converted to Islam and is now allegedly being held captive and pressured to return to Coptic Christianity.

“We must be careful not to give hasty judgments. We must wait until the situation evolves, without excluding any possibility of development,” Fr. Luciano Verdoscia told Fides news agency.

The priest, a Comboni missionary who has been working in Egypt for many years, pointed out that some analysts say the Salafis do not represent a very large group. However, they can “make themselves heard.”

He said that religious sensibility in Egypt has always been very high among both Muslims and Christians.

“We religious coming from outside feel it, too: one tends to withdraw into a kind of ghetto, where life is pretty good and you can do your business. What is outside of one`s community is seen as a threat from which one must be protected,” Fr. Verdoscia said.

He said work is needed to overcome this mentality.

The famous anti-government protests in Tahrir Square were based on a different logic and drew strength from the internet, which does not reach the 40 percent of the Egyptian population living “in poverty and ignorance.”

“In this segment of the population remains only the religious identity which is easily influenced,” the priest explained.

While not everyone is influenced by extremist preachers, they do have sway over 20 to 30 percent of the population, “a significant number of people.”

“We hope that through education and greater economic prosperity, people can start thinking differently. The young people of Tahrir Square, who come from areas with some economic opportunities and are more educated, have in fact a different mentality,” he told Fides.


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

A state without territory elects new government
A state without territory elects new government
The renewal of the Legionaries of Christ
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Synod on the Family October 2014
Preferential option for the poor
God is alive, even in sport
'A forbidden God' named Best Film at the International Catholic Film Festival
Vatican backs a 'Pause for Peace' during World Cup final
The effects of religious violence in Sarajevo 
The origin of Corpus Christi 
Corpus Christi at the Vatican 
Homage to an Indian Cardinal
Train of the Child's Light
New book explaining gestures of the Mass
Encounter between Pope Francis and the Charismatic Renewal in the Spirit Movement.
Religious tensions subside amid Balkan floods
John Paul II Center for Studies on Marriage and Family
Saint John Paul II on cartoon
Syrian Christian refugees
Papal Foundation Pilgrimage
Jul
24

Liturgical Calendar

July 24, 2014

Thursday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 13:10-17

Gospel
Date
07/24/14
07/23/14
07/20/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Jer 2: 1-3, 7-8, 12-13
Gospel:: Mt 13: 10-17

Saint of the Day

St. Charbel Makhlouf »

Saint
Date
07/23/14

Homily of the Day

Mt 13:10-17

Homily
Date
07/24/14
07/23/14
07/21/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: