Coptic Christians - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Coptic Christians


Ramadan begins for world's Muslims, violently for some

May 27, 2017 - 11:26 PM

Although for many Ramadan is a time for families to gather and break the fast with an iftar meal at sunset and socialize this year it has been marked by violence

HOLY MONTH. Filipino muslims prepare for the holy month of Ramadan at the Quiapo Islamic Center on May 26, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Egypt hits jihadists after attack on Christians kills 28

May 27, 2017 - 7:37 AM

No group has yet claimed responsibility for attacking the bus

AFTERMATH. Egyptian gather outside a hospital in Cairo's northern suburb of Shubra on May 26, 2017, following an attack in which 28 Coptic pilgirms were gunned down following a visit to a monastery. Photo by Mohamed El-Raai

Egypt Church curtails Easter celebrations after bombings

Apr 13, 2017 - 9:07 AM

Given the current circumstances and our solidarity with the families of the dead we are going to limit our celebrations to Easter mass a statement says

ATTACKED. A general view shows people gathering outside the Mar Girgis Coptic Church in the Nile Delta City of Tanta, 120 km (75 miles) north of Cairo, after a bomb blast struck worshippers gathering to celebrate Palm Sunday on April 9, 2017. Khaled Desouki/AFP

State of emergency in Egypt after ISIS church bombings

Apr 10, 2017 - 1:59 PM

The attacks come weeks before a planned visit by Catholic Pope Francis intended to show support for Egypt s Christian minority

Palm Sunday church bombings kill at least 43 in Egypt

Apr 09, 2017 - 5:45 PM

4th UPDATE The Islamic State claims responsibility for the twin attacks on Egypt s Coptic Christian minority

ATTACKED. A general view shows people gathering outside the Mar Girgis Coptic Church in the Nile Delta City of Tanta, 120 km (75 miles) north of Cairo, after a bomb blast struck worshippers gathering to celebrate Palm Sunday on April 9, 2017. Khaled Desouki/AFP

Bomb attack kills at least 25 near Cairo Coptic cathedral

Dec 11, 2016 - 6:40 PM

3rd UPDATE It is the deadliest suspected attack on Egypt s beleaguered Christian minority in recent memory

Egyptian security forces gather at the site of an explosion at the Saint Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral on December 11, 2016 in the Abbasiya neighbourhood in the capital Cairo. Copts, who make up about 10 percent of Egypt's population of 90 million, have faced persecution and discrimination that spiked during the 30-year rule of Hosni Mubarak, who was toppled by a popular uprising in 2011. / AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI

Egypt to try 48 for killing journalist, two civilians

Apr 04, 2015 - 10:48 PM

A Coptic Christian woman and a 13 year old boy are also killed in the unrest

Libya urges UN to lift arms embargo

Feb 19, 2015 - 11:57 AM

Libya foreign minister Mohammed al Dairi stresses he is not seeking an international military intervention but that there is no time to lose to equip the Libyan army to confront the emboldened extremists

UN Security Council meeting. File photo from the United Nations

Egypt strikes Libya jihadists after beheadings video

Feb 16, 2015 - 3:10 PM

UPDATED Egypt says tough intervention is needed and with France calls on the UN Security Council to take new measures against the jihadists in neighboring Libya

READY FOR TAKEOFF. A handout photo made available by the Egyptian Army on 16 February 2015 shows F-16 fighter preparing to take off to carry an airstrike against militants loyal to Islamic State (ISIS) in Derna in eastern Libya, from a base in an undisclosed location, 15 February 2015. Egyptian Army/Handout/EPA

ISIS in Libya says it has beheaded Egyptian Christians

Feb 16, 2015 - 7:51 AM

UPDATED The footage released by ISIS online shows handcuffed hostages wearing orange jumpsuits being beheaded by their black suited captors in a coastal area the group said was in the Libyan province of Tripoli

An image grab taken from a video released by the jihadist media arm Al-Hayat Media Centre on February 15, 2015 purportedly shows black-clad Islamic State (ISIS) group fighters leading handcuffed hostages, said to be Egyptian Coptic Christians, wearing orange jumpsuits before their alleged decapitation on a seashore in the Libyan capital of Tripoli. Al-Hayat Media Centre/Handout/AFP

Egypt Christian jailed for insulting Islam

Jun 25, 2014 - 10:51 PM

The court sentenced the man to three years for contempt of religion and another 3 years for stirring up sectarian strife

CHRISTIANITY. Egyptian Coptic Christians pray during a mass on the Palm Sunday at the Monastery of Saint Samaan at Mokattem district, in Cairo, Egypt, April 13, 2014. File photo by Khaled Elfiqi/EPA

Egypt's Copts choose new pope

Nov 04, 2012 - 4:48 PM

Egypt s Coptic Christians will learn who is to be their new leader after a blindfolded altar boy believed to be directed by God chooses one of three names out of a box

NEW POPE. Bishop Tawadros. Photo courtesy of MCN Middle East Christian News

Mystery over filmmakers behind anti-Islam movie

Sep 13, 2012 - 1:47 PM

Mystery remained Wednesday September 12 over exactly who was behind the anti Islam film which sparked deadly protests in the Middle East amid conflicting claims of Jewish or Coptic Christian involvement