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Coptic leader discourages international probe of anti-Christian violence in Egypt

October 21, 2011

The head of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt has discouraged calls for an international probe into the massacre of Christians in Cairo.

Pope Shenouda III said that intervention by outside nations would be a setback for "the national unity that we are all defending."

Relatives of the massacre victims have called for an independent investigation to establish whether government forces deliberately targeted Christian demonstrators. The Coptic Pope has sought to quiet protests and ease the strain in relations between the Christian minority and the Egyptian military government.


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  • Posted by: Don Vicente - Oct. 23, 2011 2:05 PM ET USA

    This is so sad and pathetic. I am reminded of a beaten wife, desperate that reports of her husband's actions not be reported to the police, lest he beat her again and harder. The pressures on Pope Shenouda must be similar. Pray for the poor Christian people in Egypt -- and then write to your Congressman.