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Violence escalating against Christian churches in Egypt

Catholic World News - August 14, 2013

Islamic zealots attacked 23 Christian churches in Cairo and surrounding regions on August 14, as violence spread after the Egyptian police cleared out camps of protesters supporting the ousted Morsi government.

Father Rafic Greiche, a spokesman for the Catholic Church in Egypt, said that 7 Catholic churches had been attacked, as well as 15 Coptic Orthodox churches and one Protestant church. Last week Father Greiche said that Egyptian Christians are living in fear because of Islamic violence; he has criticized the Western media for its failure to report the attacks on Christians.

The violence directed against Christian targets reflects the belief—widely held by supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood—that Christians in Egypt conspired to bring down the Morsi government.

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  • Posted by: rpp - Aug. 14, 2013 3:53 PM ET USA

    This is as sad as it is predictable. What is most unfortunate is that NO ONE in political or media leadership seems to care. It makes one wonder if the silence of government and media elites may actually be a sign of tacit agreement.

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