Asyut, Egypt, Jul 2, 2021 / 14:01 pm
While the situation of Christians has improved in Egypt under its current president, many continue to regard the minority as second-class citizens, a Coptic Catholic bishop has said.
In a June 24 report to the Catholic charity foundation Aid to the Church in Need United States, Bishop Kyrillos William Samaan of the Coptic Eparchy of Assiut said that Christians are underrepresented in many sectors and are sidelined in administrative positions.
The Catholic leader asked for equality in the country, saying, “We are not asking for much and we are being realistic. Unfortunately, there are still many people who consider Christians to be second-class citizens.”
Asked how the mistreatment is manifested, Bishop Kyrillos said, “For example, Christians are underrepresented at universities. Not only in terms of student numbers, but particularly among the faculty and the administration of the university. Every now and then, a Christian is appointed but this is mere show.”