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Egypt: road planned through ancient monastery’s land

February 22, 2017

The Egyptian government is planning to build a road through land belonging to the Monastery of St. Macarius the Great.

The monastery, located between Cairo and Alexandria, was founded around 360, a century before the schism between the Holy See and the Coptic Orthodox Church.

The planned road would pass through cultivated land and places the monastery’s water supply at risk, according to the Catholic Information Service for Africa.

 
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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Feb. 23, 2017 10:27 PM ET USA

    CWN, 10 December 2014: "An Israeli court has upheld the government’s decision to confiscate...land owned by a Salesian convent, as well as the property of 58 families. 'The wall is intended by Israel, not to achieve security for its pre-June 1967 borders, but to protect the settlements illegally constructed on previously confiscated land in the early 70s...The wall alienates the most basic rights and freedom of the Christian community of Beit Jala,' a...Christian town of 12,000...near Bethlehem"