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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

Pope Francis meets with a delegation of priests and monks from Oriental Orthodox Churches at the Vatican on June 3, 2022.

Pope Francis to Oriental Orthodox priests: ‘Unity does not come about by standing still’

Jun 3, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis met with a delegation of priests and monks from Oriental Orthodox Churches. 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

Icon of the 21 Martyrs of Libya. Image courtesy of Tony Rezk, via tonyrezk.blogspot.com

Lord Alton commemorates bravery, solidarity of the 21 Coptic Orthodox martyrs

Feb 15, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

A British human rights campaigner on Tuesday commemorated the seventh anniversary of the martyrdom of 21 men, known as the... Read more

Archbishop Angaelos

Coptic archbishop: Condemning persecution of non-Christians follows the example of Christ

Jul 27, 2021

By Matt Hadro

Christians around the world must speak out against persecution of non-Christians, the Coptic Orthodox Archbishop of London told CNA during... Read more

The remains of St. George Coptic Orthodox Church, Surrey, BC

Coptic Orthodox church in British Columbia destroyed in ‘suspicious’ fire

Jul 20, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

A Coptic Orthodox church in British Columbia was destroyed in a fire on Monday, July 19, just days after an... Read more

Icon of the 21 Martyrs of Libya. Image courtesy of Tony Rezk, via tonyrezk.blogspot.com

Pope Francis: Blood of martyrs slain by ISIS ‘a seed that will bear rich fruit’

May 20, 2021

The pope praises the 21 Coptic martyrs killed on Feb. 15, 2015. 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

Icon of the 21 Martyrs of Libya. Image courtesy of Tony Rezk, via tonyrezk.blogspot.com

Pope Francis praises Coptic Orthodox martyrs as 'saints of all Christians'

Feb 15, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis has praised the courageous witness of the 21 Coptic Orthodox Christians killed by ISIS in 2015, calling them... Read more

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi speaks near Tawadros II during a Liturgy at Nativity of Christ Cathedral in Egypt's administrative capital, Jan. 2, 2020.

Egyptian president commends interreligious ties

Jan 7, 2020

President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt attended a Coptic Orthodox Liturgy Monday, praising cooperation between the Christians and Muslims of... Read more

Archbishop Angaelos. Courtesy photo.

Amid global Christian persecution, this Coptic archbishop urges unity

Jul 24, 2019

By Matt Hadro

A leading Coptic archbishop said that Christians must “walk in the shoes” of those facing global Christian persecution, while overcoming... 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 prays with journalists on a papal flight August 14, 2014.

Pope Francis mourns victims of attack on Coptic Christians in Egypt

Nov 4, 2018

By Courtney Mares

“I pray for the victims, pilgrims killed just because they are Christians, and I ask Holy Mary to console their... Read more

Monastery of St. Paul First Hermit, Egypt.

At least seven Christians killed in attack on bus in Egypt

Nov 2, 2018

At least seven Coptic Christians were killed and 12 more injured in Egypt when a bus traveling to a desert... Read more

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

Monks arrested over suspected murder of Coptic Orthodox bishop

Aug 13, 2018

Egyptian police have arrested two men, one a monk and one a former monk, over the death last month of... Read more

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

Coptic Orthodox bishop found dead in suspected murder

Aug 2, 2018

By Courtney Mares

A Coptic Orthodox bishop was was found dead as a result of a suspected murder in St. Macarius Monastery in... Read more

Icon of the 21 Martyrs of Libya. Image courtesy of Tony Rezk, via tonyrezk.blogspot.com

Coptic Orthodox to dedicate church to New Martyrs of Libya

Feb 13, 2018

By Courtney Mares

The Coptic Orthodox Church will dedicate on Thursday a new church to the 21 Martyrs of Libya, who were beheaded... Read more

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

Let's continue to grow in unity, Francis urges Coptic Orthodox patriarch

May 10, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

Following his trip to Egypt last month, Pope Francis sent a message Wednesday to the head of the Coptic Orthodox... Read more

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

Our martyrs' blood unites us, Francis tells Coptic Orthodox patriarch

Apr 28, 2017

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis closed his first day in Egypt with a visit to Coptic Orthodox Patriarch Tawadros II, telling him their... Read more

Egypt's Christians to hold restrained Easter services in light of attacks

Apr 12, 2017

After two bomb attacks on worshippers at Coptic Orthodox churches on Sunday, the Coptic Orthodox Archdiocese of Minya has announced... Read more