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Egyptian bishop confined to his home as Islamic zealots mass outside

August 20, 2013

The Coptic Catholic Bishop of Luxor, Egypt, has told the Fides news service that Christians in the area are afraid to leave their homes, and running out of food, as Islamic militants continue to menace the Christian minority.

Bishop Youhannes Zakaria told Fides that he, too, was “segregated at home.” After Egyptian military forces routed supporters of former President Morsi, he said, the Islamic militants surrounded his residence, chanting “Death to Christians.” Military forces are guarding the building, he said, but have advised him to remain indoors.


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  • Posted by: dover beachcomber - Aug. 20, 2013 8:28 PM ET USA

    Like Germany's Jews in the 1930's, Egypt's Coptic Christians are finding out that when hunted by the forces of evil, no amount of quiet living, loyal service to the nation, or personal virtue will excuse them of the crime of simply being who they are.

  • Posted by: Defender - Aug. 20, 2013 3:01 PM ET USA

    "Death to Christians" - wonder where they heard this?