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Tawadros II, Coptic Orthodox Patriarch of Alexandria, presides over a funeral liturgy for victims of the Dec. 11, 2016 bomb attack on his cathedral.

Who are the Coptic Christians? Tragic church fire a blow to a persecuted group

Aug 15, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

Egypt’s Christian minority has long been regarded as a second-class group among the Muslim majority populace, and in recent years... Read more

A fire broke out in the Abu Sefein Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt on Sunday, Aug. 14 2022.

Reports of at least 40 people killed in church fire in Egypt

Aug 14, 2022

By AC Wimmer

At least 40 people have died in a Coptic church fire in Egypt — most of them were children under... Read more

An anti-Christian slogan graffitied on a Coptic church in Egypt.

Months later, nine Egyptian Christians still detained after protests to rebuild church

Apr 5, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

Months after protests of the government’s apparent refusal to approve the rebuilding of a damaged church, nine Christian protesters in... Read more

Cardinal Antonios Naguib (1935-2022).

Pope Francis mourns Egyptian cardinal whose life was marked by ‘faith and priestly zeal’

Mar 29, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Cardinal Antonios Naguib died in Cairo at the age of 87. Read more

A Coptic Orthodox church in Old Cairo, a historic area of the Egyptian capital.

Report declares treatment of Christian minority women and girls a ‘human rights catastrophe’

Nov 24, 2021

By CNA Staff

The study says that in some cases forced conversions could amount to ‘genocide.’ Read more

Pope Francis participates in an interreligious meeting at the site of Ur, outside Nasiriyah, Iraq, March 6, 2021.

What a Dominican priest from the Midwest has learned about Catholic-Muslim dialogue since 9/11

Sep 14, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

Real-life relationships and a “holy curiosity” must be the basis for Catholic-Muslim dialogue, says a Dominican priest whose college discussions... Read more

Saint Macarius Monastery in Egypt's Beheira governorate, November 2010.

Former Coptic Orthodox monk hanged for bishop's murder

May 10, 2021

Wael Saad, a former monk of the Coptic Orthodox Church, was executed on Sunday for the 2018 murder of Bishop... Read more

The national flag of Egypt.

Coptic Orthodox Christian executed by ISIS affiliates in Egypt

Apr 21, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

In a video, 62-year-old Nabil Habashy Salama can be seen being killed by a gunshot Read more

A lifesize statue of Blessed Carlo Acutis created by Matteo and Daniela Perathoner

Pope Francis blesses Carlo Acutis statue for orphanage in Egypt

Mar 19, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis has blessed a statue of Carlo Acutis, the first millennial to be beatified, which will be sent to... Read more

A Coptic Christian boy lights a candle at a church in Cairo.

Christian activist’s arrest in Egypt prompts warnings of crackdown on dissent

Nov 27, 2019

Human rights groups have voiced concern over the arrest of a Coptic Christian activist in Egypt, on terrorism-related charges. Critics... Read more

Pope Francis with Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria in Cairo, Egypt on April 28, 2017.

Pope Francis sends Christmas greetings to Coptic Christians

Jan 7, 2019

Pope Francis sent Christmas and New Year’s greetings to Coptic Christians and all Egyptians upon the inauguration of a major... Read more

Pope Francis with Tawadros II, Coptic Orthodox Patriarch of Alexandria, in Cairo, April 28, 2017.

Bishop's murder draws attention to tensions in Coptic Orthodox Church

Aug 20, 2018

Last month's murder of Bishop Epiphanius, the abbot of St. Macarius Monastery in the Egyptian desert, has highlighted tension in... Read more

A Coptic child lights a candle at a church in Cairo.

In Cairo, a Christmas season tinged with sorrow

Jan 13, 2018

A Coptic child lights a candle at a church in Cairo. Credit: Christopher Rose via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0).  Read more

Dozens of Egyptian Christians killed in bus attack (Updated)

May 26, 2017

By Matt Hadro

An attack on a bus carrying Christian pilgrims in Egypt on Friday killed at least 28 people, including children, and... Read more

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims during his May 3, 2017, general audience in St. Peter's Square.

After visit, Pope Francis says Egypt is a 'sign of hope'

May 3, 2017

By Elise Harris

On Wednesday Pope Francis recalled his recent visit to Egypt, saying that given its rich biblical and cultural history, the... Read more

Pope Francis at the Presidential Palace in Heliopolis with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, April 28, 2017.

Pope tells Egypt's authorities they have key role in brokering peace

Apr 28, 2017

By Elise Harris

Shortly after landing in Egypt on Friday, Pope Francis denounced violent fundamentalism in his speech to civil authorities, telling them... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter Square, Feb. 22, 2017.

Ahead of trip, Pope Francis sends message of joy to Egypt

Apr 25, 2017

Pope Francis expressed his joy for his upcoming trip to Cairo in a video message, saying he hopes to bring... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square, Sept. 7, 2016.

Pope Francis refuses bullet-proof vehicle for Egypt trip

Apr 25, 2017

Pope Francis will not use a bulletproof vehicle during his trip to Egypt this weekend, despite recent terror attacks against... Read more

An anti-Christians slogan on Saint Cyril church in Cairo.

13 planning attacks on Christians arrested in Egypt

Apr 20, 2017

Egyptian police on Sunday arrested 13 people who were planning attacks against Christians and public institutions in the country.  Read more

St. Catherine's Monastery.

Fears rise in Egypt after ISIS attack near ancient monastery

Apr 19, 2017

Gunmen attacked a police checkpoint near an historic Orthodox Christian monastery in Egypt, killing one and wounding four.  Read more