Joy and suffering for Coptic Christians

Mideast Egypt Islamic StateThe Coptic Church has certainly undergone great suffering recently, with the murder of the 21 young men from Al-Minya province, being broadcasted and discussed widely. 

However, less known to the public has been the recent construction of the first Coptic-Catholic Church in the Sinai.

The Coptic Catholic church, which has only existed in Egypt since the 1700’s, has less than 200 000 members and its parishioners mainly live in Upper Egypt, according to a report by the Catholic Near East Welfare Association.

“This is a great day of joy for Catholics in Egypt,” the local ordinary, Coptic Catholic Bishop Makarios Tewfik of Ismailia, said at the consecration ceremony, according to a report by Aid to the Church in Need.???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

 

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