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Copts report sympathetic response in Egypt after Al Qaida threats

Catholic World News - November 04, 2010

The head of the Coptic Orthodox Church says that Iraqi terrorists responsible for a massacre in Baghdad have created new sympathy toward the Christian minority in Egypt by threatening further violent actions.

“God either prevents evil or turns it to good,” said Pope Shenouda III, referring to the statements by Muslim leaders and government officials in Egypt, who have denounced both the killings in Baghdad and the threats against Copts. The Al Qaida branch that was responsible for more than 50 deaths at a Catholic church in Baghdad said that it would undertake more violent actions if the Coptic Church did not release two women who are staying in Egyptian monasteries.

The Islamic terrorists said that the women are converts to Islam, who are being held against their will. The Coptic Church says that the women are wives of Coptic priests who are experiencing marital difficulties; the rumors of their conversion to Islam are false, Church spokesmen say.

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