Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Islam Peace Progress Update Cairo

Religion of Peace Update:

By: Father Mark Hodges

A group of armed Muslims marched May 7 on Saint Mena Co...ptic Orthodox Church, one of the oldest churches in Egypt, and the resulting violence caused at least three deaths, news media reported.

In Cairo, at least 12 people were killed and 232 others were wounded in clashes outside a Christian Church.

A small group of Coptic Christians gathered near the U.S. Embassy in Cairo May 9 to condemn the government for not doing more to protect them and called for international protection of the country's Christian community, CNN said. Soldiers blocked access to the U.S. embassy.

In one Cairo neighborhood, bricks were thrown from rooftops on Christian protesters. Chants of "with our souls and blood we will sacrifice ourselves for the Cross" were heard, according to CNN.

Gunfire was heard in Alexandria, sending people running for cover, according to a May 8 report from CNN.

Tensions between Muslims and Christians have increased after a recent U.S. government report highlighted hostility directed against the minority Coptic Orthodox Christians in the predominantly Muslim society, CNN said.


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