January 31, 2012
With the ongoing religious conflicts in Egypt and other parts of the Middle East, regarding Muslim opposition to Christians worshiping freely, it is easy for some to forget the freedoms people enjoy in the West. As Christians we must exercise our right to worship God without hindrance or fear of retaliation. We must retain our faith through the trials and tests of life. No one should deprive us of these freedoms, as to do so would constitute serious human rights abuses.
Christians fear losing freedoms in Arab Spring movement
Updated 10h 44m ago – CAIRO – From her home in a labyrinth of stonewalled alleyways, Samia Ramsis holds a key chain bearing the face of the Virgin Mary as she sits in her yellow pajamas on the morning of Orthodox Christmas. Mina Bouls worships with other Coptic Christian deacons at St. George Coptic Orthodox Church in Philadelphia on Orthodox Christmas Eve.
Sunlight pours in through a window. Outside, visitors come to look upon the spot where Egypt’s Christians — most known as Copts — believe the Holy Family found refuge after fleeing Bethlehem and assassins sent by King Herod to kill the baby Jesus.
Once crowded with Christians, Cairo’s Coptic quarter where Samia lives with her husband, Mounir, and two children is home to fewer than 50 Christian families. “We know many Christians have left,” says Mounir Ramsis, speaking not only about this quarter but about all of Egypt. “But we love this country and will stay until death.”
U.S. Copts Decry Egyptian Persecution of Christians (VIDEO)
January 30, 2012 2:03 pm – Christian martyrdom Christian monasticism coptic christians Coptic suffering Dr. Douaa Girgis Egypt Christians hosni mubarak Maspero riots muslim brotherhood Rhode Island church. The service of prayer for Christian unity took place at the Coptic Orthodox Church of St. Mary and St. Mena, in Hope, Rhode Island.
Coptic Christians in Rhode Island told their Christian neighbors about the suffering their friends and relatives have endured in Egypt in the aftermath of the Jan. 25, 2011 uprising that resulted in the ouster of former President Hosni Mubarak.
Terrorism Against Christians Update, January 31, 2012
Tuesday, 31 January 2012 20:15 – Orissa, India, January 31 (Compass Direct News) – A Hindu extremist in Adigar, Phulbani, Kandhamal district on Jan. 25 attacked a pastor’s hut and harassed his family, according to the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC). Jaleshwar Pradhan threw stones at the home of Pastor Patiba Mohan Kota while he was away, verbally abused his wife and pushed his daughters, shouting, “You Christians must not live here – it is not your land; the last time your houses were only damaged, this time all of you will be buried here,” the GCIC reported. Though damage to the house was minimal, the pastor and his family were anguishing in fear as Hindu extremists have previously tortured him physically, causing partial loss of eyesight and hearing, reported the GCIC. The pastor was among those whose houses were destroyed during anti-Christian violence in