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Prelate: Egypt ‘on the edge of a volcano’

Catholic World News - April 21, 2011

Nearly ten weeks after massive protests caused Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to step down from office, the nation is “on the edge of a volcano,” according to the Coptic Catholic bishop of Luxor.

“We do not know what will happen tomorrow,“ Bishop Youhannes Zakaria Badir told the Fides news agency. “The Egyptian society has been overwhelmed by the democratic revolution, without being prepared for this climate of freedom. New spaces for extremists have been created, thanks to the return to Egypt of several of them, even with a criminal past. There are many forces that seek to gain space in the Egyptian society, some of which act with criminal and illegal methods.”

“The Egyptian problems are ignorance and poverty,” he added. “The people struggle to survive and revelations about corruption of the former regime have increased the feeling of anger of all, Muslims and Christians.”

“I ask the prayers of all, for Egypt, Libya, Syria, Yemen and other Middle Eastern countries, so that a policy of peace is found.”

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