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Coptic Catholic official: church attacks do not point to Muslim-Christian conflict in Egypt

Catholic World News - October 30, 2013

The secretary of the patriarch of the Coptic Catholic Church has told Aid to the Church in Need that attacks on Christian churches in Egypt are not evidence of religious conflict between Muslims and Christians.

“The idea that this involves a conflict between Muslims and Christians simply isn’t borne out by the reality,” said Father Hani Bakhoum Kiroulos. “It’s not only Christians who are being attacked, but also state institutions.”

“The attackers want to provoke us Christians into calling for Western intervention, for instance from the USA or European countries,” he continued. “This would internationalize the conflict and disrupt national unity … But this tactic won't work. We Christians have shown that we are genuine Egyptians.”

“During the rule of the Muslim Brother[hood] many terrorists entered the country,” he added, referring to the regime of ousted President Mohamed Morsi. “This is a terrorist problem that affects all Egyptians equally, not only the Christians. Egypt is conducting a war on terrorism.”

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  • Posted by: Salome - Nov. 02, 2013 5:19 PM ET USA

    Dhimmi.

  • Posted by: Thomas429 - Oct. 31, 2013 2:34 AM ET USA

    I agree with him if he is saying "Leave Egypt to the Egyptians." But, I doubt that it is radical Protestants, Jews, Buhdists, or Roman Rite Christians that are sacking Christian Chrches or killing Christians.

  • Posted by: jeremiahjj - Oct. 30, 2013 7:02 PM ET USA

    Let's see, Copts say it's not about Muslims but it is about terrorists in the Muslim Brotherhood. Sounds like a problem Muslims must solve. And no one wants Western help doing it because such help only serves to create hate and division between the sects. We must remember that the Egyptian people voted the Muslim Brotherhood into power. I think the Copts are trying desperately to stay non-aligned regardless of which group is in power.

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