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Amid persecution, Egypt’s Christians strive to preserve heritage

Catholic World News - October 17, 2013

The Associated Press has published a lengthy wire story on the efforts of Egypt’s Christians to preserve their heritage “against formidable odds — whether decades of neglect, discrimination by the Muslim majority or the violence by Islamic militants.”

AP reported that during an attack on a Catholic parish in August, “a wooden statue of the Virgin Mary was decapitated, and the hands chopped off. The face, hands and feet were also bashed off a porcelain sculpture of Saint Theresa, dating back to 1924. One of the church's two confessional booths was torched.”

“Friday Mass at the church is now held earlier in the day so congregants can leave and lock the church gates before Muslims finish their noon prayers at the nearby mosque,” the report continued.

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