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As Christians across Egypt continued to mourn the loss of Pope Shenouda III this week, Islamist leaders of the Salafist movement issued a litany of insults, calling the late leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church the “head of the infidels” and ....
Two nuns in Upper Egypt faced “unimaginable fear” – with one later hospitalized over the emotional trauma – when 1,500 Muslim villagers brandishing swords and knives trapped them inside a guesthouse last week and threatened to burn them out. The ....
A priest in Egypt was sentenced this week to six months in jail for a minor construction violation at his church building, while no one in a mob that burned the same structure down has been arrested. The Rev. Makarious Bolous of the Mar Gerges ....
Tensions remain high in an Egyptian village where as many as 5,000 mostly Salafi Muslims went on a rampage over a false rumor that a church was holding a girl against her will in order to convert her back to Christianity. Dismissing media reports ....
Islamist groups made a strong showing this week in the first stages of Egypt’s parliamentary elections, according to figures released today by elections officials, renewing concerns Christians have about their future in the country. The Freedom and ....
The Egyptian army’s killing of 27 people – including at least 23 Christians – who were protesting the burning of a church building has removed any respect most Egyptians had for the transitional military government, according to Christian human ....
Funeral services were held today in Cairo for some of the victims of a military attack against a group of Christian protestors that left 26 dead  and hundreds wounded.   In the wake of what could be the worst act of violence against ....
A group of hard-line Muslims attacked a church building in Upper Egypt this afternoon, torching the structure and then looting and burning nearby Christian-owned homes and businesses.   The 3,000-strong mob of hard-line and Salafi Muslims ....
A Coptic Christian was killed and several others were injured in Upper Egypt after Muslims on Sunday (Aug. 7) attacked a predominantly Christian village following an argument between a Muslim and Christian.   The attack at Nazlet Faragallah ....
Enraged Muslims burned down several Christian-owned homes, surrounded a church and threatened to kill a priest last week in two unrelated incidents in Upper Egypt.   On Saturday (June 25) in Awlad Khalaf village, just outside Sohag, 240 miles ....
Hundreds of Muslims, angered by the prospect of a government-closed church re-opening in their neighborhood, protested outside the church yesterday, causing the provisional military authority to back away from its promise to allow Orthodox clergy to ....
Shifting political winds in the north African countries of Egypt and Sudan will leave their mark on history, but local attitudes ensure one thing remains unchanged: the laws against defaming Islam will stand like granite in a sandstorm. As ....
At least 12 people were killed and more than 200 were wounded when members of a conservative Muslim movement attacked two churches and surrounding Christian-owned homes and businesses in a poor section of Cairo on Saturday (May 7).   Salifis, ....
Placing Egypt on a U.S. State Department list that penalizes countries for their lack of religious freedom would be a mistake, according to some Egyptian human rights activists and Christian leaders. The U.S. Commission on International Religious ....
Fewer than 40 days after a mob of Muslim villagers in Egypt left a church’s building in ruins, the congregation celebrated Easter on Sunday (April 24) in a reconstructed building at the same site. The reconstruction of the church building by the ....
A father and daughter who fled Egypt to Syria after spending two and a half years in hiding for becoming Christians have arrived in France and yesterday applied for asylum there, human rights advocates said. Maher Ahmad El-Mo’otahssem Bellah ....
When the plane carrying Maher El-Gohary and his daughter, Dina Mo’otahssem, took off from Cairo International Airport last month, they both wept with joy. After spending two-and-a-half years in hiding for leaving Islam to become Christians, they ....
A Muslim mob in a village south of Cairo last weekend attacked a church building and burned it down, almost killing the parish priest after an imam issued a call to “Kill all the Christians,”  according to local sources. The attack started on ....
One monk and six church workers were shot and wounded last week when the Egyptian Army attacked a Coptic Orthodox monastery in order to destroy a wall monks had built to defend their property from raiders, sources said. The attack with small arms, ....
The last thing Osni Naim Michael remembers seeing on New Year’s Eve was more than a dozen people standing in front of him who instantly disintegrated in a brilliant flash of light. In the split second that followed, the shock wave of the bomb threw ....
At least 21 people were killed and scores were wounded on Saturday (Jan. 1) when a bomb outside a church in Alexandria, Egypt exploded as congregants were leaving a New Year’s Eve Mass celebration. The explosion ripped through the crowd shortly ....
An Egyptian who left Islam to become a Christian and consequently lost his wife, children and business is waiting to see if the government will now take away his freedom for “defaming” Islam. Ashraf Thabet, 45, is charged with defaming a revealed ....
Christians in a small village in southern Egypt are rebuilding their lives and homes after hundreds of Muslims rampaged through their community firebombing houses and businesses over rumors of a romantic relationship between a Christian and a ....
Anti-Christian Sentiment Heats Up   Published in 2010
As bombings and other attacks continue against Christians in Iraq, Christians in Egypt have gathered to pray and plan for their own safety. When a group of Islamic extremists on Oct. 31 burst into Our Lady of Salvation church in Baghdad during ....
Coptic Blogger Released from Prison   Published in 2010
A Coptic Christian blogger arrested in Egypt on false charges of insulting Islam, then held for almost two years without charge under the country’s Emergency Law, has been released from prison.   Hani Nazeer, 31, a high school social worker ....
Rasha Samir was sure her husband, Ephraim Shehata, was dead. He was covered with blood, had two bullets inside him and was lying facedown in the dust of a dirt road. Samir was lying on top of him doing her best to shelter him from the onslaught of ....
From the mosque across the street, words blasting from minaret megaphones reverberate throughout the tiny apartment where Maher Ahmad El-Mo’otahssem Bellah El-Gohary is forced to hide. Immediately following afternoon prayers, the Friday sermon is, ....
An Egyptian convert to Christianity said he is devastated by a recent court decision to suspend a lawsuit he filed to change the religion on his identification card from Muslim to Christian. The First District of the Court of the State Council on ....
A mob of enraged Muslims attacked a Coptic Christian community in a coastal town in northern Egypt last weekend, wreaking havoc for hours and injuring 24 Copts before security forces contained them. The violence erupted on Friday (March 12) ....
An Egyptian court last week refused to return the passport of a convert from Islam who tried to leave Egypt to save his life, the Christian said on Friday (March 12).     On Tuesday (March 9) the Egyptian State Council Court in Giza, ....
Three men accused of killing six Coptic worshipers and a security guard pleaded not guilty on Saturday (Feb. 13) as the Coptic community mourned the loss of yet another victim of apparent anti-Christian violence.   The three men allegedly ....
In spite of threats of violence from Muslims in an area of Egypt wracked by sectarian violence, police declined to increase security for a Coptic Christmas Eve service on Jan. 6, and six Christians were shot to death after leaving the church. ....
A Coptic Christian blogger in Egypt held in prison for more than a year without charge said today he will go on a hunger strike unless authorities grant his next application for release. Hani Nazeer, a 28-year-old high school social worker from ....
A Coptic Christian blogger in Egypt entering his second year of prison without charge is being pressured to convert to Islam in exchange for his freedom, his attorneys said. On Oct. 3, 2008, Hani Nazeer, a 28-year-old high school social worker from ....
State Security Investigations (SSI) forces in Egypt arrested, abused and then extorted money from a Coptic Christian for rescuing his daughter from her Muslim husband, who was holding her against her will in Alexandria, according to sources in ....
An Egyptian Christian arrested in Cairo for handing out gospel leaflets and held in prison illegally for four days has been released, the freed Protestant Copt told Compass.Abdel Kamel, 61, was arrested on Sept. 23 in downtown Cairo for handing out ....
A funeral for a Coptic Christian gruesomely killed on a village street north of Cairo by a Muslim assailant last week turned into a protest by hundreds of demonstrators in Egypt. Galal Nasr el-Dardiri, 35, attacked 63-year-old Abdu Georgy in ....
The congregation of a Coptic church that was destroyed by fire last week is divided over whether it was a case of arson. At 3 p.m. on Sept. 8, a fire broke out in the rear of the Church of Saint Paul and Saint Peter near the main entrance of ....
Two Coptic Christians in Egypt have been arrested and are being held without charge after reporting to police they had been beaten by a mob, an attorney for the men said yesterday. On the evening of July 31, Reda Hnein, 35, his brother Nagi ....
ISTANBUL, August 20 (Compass Direct News) – Two Coptic Christians in Egypt have been arrested and are being held without charge after reporting to police they had been beaten by a mob, an attorney for the men said yesterday. On the evening of July ....
The recent eruption of sectarian violence in Egypt’s Minya province continued last week as local Christians again faced harsh reprisals from Muslims for trying to convert a building into a worship facility. On July 24 security forces in the ....
ISTANBUL July 31 (Compass Direct News) – The recent eruption of sectarian violence in Egypt’s Minya province continued last week as local Christians again faced harsh reprisals from Muslims for trying to convert a building into a worship facility. ....
Villagers in Ezbet Basillious, Minya suspect local police in Egypt of corruption and collusion after two Copts were arrested for an arson attack on their own house church on Saturday (July 11).  Egyptian State Security Investigations (SSI) ....
ISTANBUL, July 17 (Compass Direct News) – Villagers in Ezbet Basillious, Minya suspect local police in Egypt of corruption and collusion after two Copts were arrested for an arson attack on their own house church on Saturday (July 11). Egyptian ....
Two Clashes Shake Coptic Community   Published in 2009
ISTANBUL, July 7 (Compass Direct News) – Separate cases of sectarian violence in two villages erupted in Egypt last week, shaking the country’s Coptic Christian community as Muslims attacked their homes and security forces imposed curfews in an ....
Separate cases of sectarian violence in two villages erupted in Egypt last week, shaking the country’s Coptic Christian community as Muslims attacked their homes and security forces imposed curfews in an effort to maintain peace.  Last ....
LOS ANGELES, July 1 (Compass Direct News) – A Christian mother in Egypt has won custody of her twin sons from her estranged husband, who had converted to Islam and claimed them according to Islamic legal precepts. The now 15-year-old boys, however, ....
A Christian mother in Egypt has won custody of her twin sons from her estranged husband, who had converted to Islam and claimed them according to Islamic legal precepts.  The now 15-year-old boys, however, will still be considered Muslims ....
Nearly 1,000 Coptic Christians are hiding in their homes after clashes erupted Sunday (June 21) between them and their village’s majority-Muslim population over the use of a three-story building belonging to the Coptic Church. When on Sunday at ....
ISTANBUL, June 25 (Compass Direct News) – Nearly 1,000 Coptic Christians in Egypt are hiding in their homes after clashes erupted Sunday (June 21) between them and their village’s majority-Muslim population over the use of a three-story building ....
Egyptian news sources report security forces have wrongly detained two Christians for nearly a month as part of a ruse to cast a Muslim attack on Copts as “sectarian violence.” Violence broke out last month in the village of Toma, near ....
ISTANBUL, June 16 (Compass Direct News) – Egyptian news sources report security forces have wrongly detained two Christians for nearly a month as part of a ruse to cast a Muslim attack on Copts as “sectarian violence.” Violence broke out last month ....
A Cairo judge on Saturday (June 13) rejected an Egyptian’s convert’s attempt to change his identification card’s religious status from Muslim to Christian, the second failed attempt to exercise constitutionally guaranteed religious freedom by a ....
ISTANBUL, June 16 (Compass Direct News) – A Cairo judge on Saturday (June 13) rejected an Egyptian’s convert’s attempt to change his identification card’s religious status from Muslim to Christian, the second failed attempt to exercise ....
Two policemen convicted of killing a Christian in Giza, Egypt have received only a five-year prison sentence for what lawyers are calling the cold-blooded murder of a Copt who stood up for his rights.  The Giza Criminal Court sentenced the two ....
ISTANBUL, June 8 (Compass Direct News) – Two policemen convicted of killing a Christian in Giza, Egypt have received only a five-year prison sentence for what lawyers are calling the cold-blooded murder of a Copt who stood up for his rights. The ....
Police this month released two Copts wrongfully arrested for killing a Muslim during an attack on Abu Fana monastery in Egypt in May 2008, but then re-arrested them as part of an intimidation campaign against Christians, their lawyer said. ....
ISTANBUL, May 29 (Compass Direct News) – Police this month released two Copts wrongfully arrested for killing a Muslim during an attack on Abu Fana monastery in Egypt in May 2008, but then re-arrested them as part of an intimidation campaign against ....
In separate attacks in Egypt earlier this month, a Coptic Christian suffered severe stab wounds as he left a worship service in Minya, and a car-bombing outside a venerable church in Cairo disrupted a wedding. Without provocation, three Muslims ....
An Egyptian convert from Islam  who forged Christian identification papers and later used them to marry a Coptic man has appeared on a television show declaring the innocence of a priest serving a five-year sentence for marrying the couple. ....
ISTANBUL, May 22 (Compass Direct News) – An Egyptian convert from Islam who forged Christian identification papers and later used them to marry a Coptic man has appeared on a television show declaring the innocence of a priest serving a five-year ....
ISTANBUL, May 22 (Compass Direct News) – In separate attacks in Egypt earlier this month, a Coptic Christian suffered severe stab wounds as he left a worship service in Minya, and a car-bombing outside a venerable church in Cairo disrupted a ....
In the dilapidated office here of three lawyers representing one of Egypt’s “most wanted” Christian converts, the mood was hopeful in spite of a barrage of death threats against them and their client. At a court hearing on May 2, a judge agreed to a ....
CAIRO, Egypt, May 12 (Compass Direct News) – In the dilapidated office here of three lawyers representing one of Egypt’s “most wanted” Christian converts, the mood was hopeful in spite of a barrage of death threats against them and their client. At ....
CAIRO, Egypt, May 5 (Compass Direct News) – Authorities yesterday pressed ahead with the slaughter of Egypt’s pigs – crippling the livelihood of thousands of swine breeders, nearly all Coptic Christians – in spite of World Health Organization (WHO) ....
Authorities yesterday pressed ahead with the slaughter of Egypt’s pigs – crippling the livelihood of thousands of swine breeders, nearly all Coptic Christians – in spite of World Health Organization (WHO) criticism that the measure was unnecessary ....
ISTANBUL, April 23 (Compass Direct News) – Christian convert Raheal Henen Mussa and her Coptic husband are hiding from police and her Muslim family for violating an article of Islamic law (sharia) that doesn’t exist in the Egyptian penal code. ....
Christian convert Raheal Henen Mussa and her Coptic husband are hiding from police and her Muslim family for violating an article of Islamic law (sharia) that doesn’t exist in the Egyptian penal code.  Police arrested Mussa, 22, on April 13 for ....
ISTANBUL, April 14 (Compass Direct News) – In a bold move, Egypt’s Coptic Church has issued its first-ever certificate of conversion to a former Muslim, supporting his petition to have his national identification card denote his Christian faith. ....
In a bold move, Egypt’s Coptic Church has issued its first-ever certificate of conversion to a former Muslim, supporting his petition to have his national identification card denote his Christian faith. Maher Ahmad El-Mo’otahssem Bellah El-Gohary’s ....
In the latest hearing of a Muslim-born Egyptian’s effort to officially convert to Christianity, opposing lawyers advocated he be convicted of “apostasy,” or leaving Islam, and sentenced to death. More than 20 Islamic lawyers attended the hearing on ....
ISTANBUL, February 26 (Compass Direct News) – In the latest hearing of a Muslim-born Egyptian’s effort to officially convert to Christianity, opposing lawyers advocated he be convicted of “apostasy,” or leaving Islam, and sentenced to death. More ....
ISTANBUL, February 20 (Compass Direct News) – Prosecutor General Abdel Meguid Mahmoud last week granted the mother of 14-year-old twins Andrew and Mario Medhat Ramses the right to appeal a custody decision awarding her sons to their Muslim father. ....
Prosecutor General Abdel Meguid Mahmoud last week granted the mother of 14-year-old twins Andrew and Mario Medhat Ramses the right to appeal a custody decision awarding her sons to their Muslim father. Muslim convert Medhat Ramses Labib gained ....
Following a hearing on Saturday (Feb. 7), the lawyer for a Christian convert in Egypt said he is hopeful that his client will become the first Muslim-born Egyptian to be granted official identification as a Christian. Nabil Ghobreyal, attorney in ....
ISTANBUL, February 10 (Compass Direct News) – Following a hearing on Saturday (Feb. 7), the lawyer for a Christian convert in Egypt said he is hopeful that his client will become the first Muslim-born Egyptian to be granted official identification ....
ISTANBUL January 29 (Compass Direct News) – Following a brutal raid on six Christian brothers and their café because they had opened for business during Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting, a judge on Jan. 22 sentenced them to three years in prison ....
Following a brutal raid on six Christian brothers and their café because they had opened for business during Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting, a judge on Jan. 22 sentenced them to three years in prison with hard labor for resisting arrest and ....
After her arrest at Cairo’s airport on Dec. 13 while attempting to flee anti-Christian hostilities in Egypt, convert Martha Samuel Makkar was granted bail on Saturday (Jan. 24), but not before a judge took her aside and said he would like to kill ....
ISTANBUL, January 27 (Compass Direct News) – After her arrest at Cairo’s airport on Dec. 13 while attempting to flee anti-Christian hostilities in Egypt, convert Martha Samuel Makkar was granted bail on Saturday (Jan. 24), but not before a judge ....
ISTANBUL, January 13 (Compass Direct News) – An attempt by an Egyptian convert from Islam to legally change the religion listed on his identification card to “Christian” hit a setback on Jan. 6 when a judge ordered security personnel to remove his ....
An attempt by an Egyptian convert from Islam to legally change the religion listed on his identification card to “Christian” hit a setback on Jan. 6 when a judge ordered security personnel to remove his lawyer from court. Attorney Nabil Ghobreyal ....
An Egyptian convert to Christianity who spent 31 years officially identified as a Muslim has won a rare legal victory to be officially registered in his “new” faith. An Alexandrian administrative court awarded Fathi Labib Yousef the right to ....
ISTANBUL, January 8 (Compass Direct News) – An Egyptian convert to Christianity who spent 31 years officially identified as a Muslim has won a rare legal victory to be officially registered in his “new” faith. An Alexandrian administrative court ....
ISTANBUL, December 19 (Compass Direct News) – Egyptian authorities have refused to hand over a 3-year-old girl to her Christian mother even after a court granted her custody in a legal battle with her Muslim ex-husband. Mervat Reszqallah of Tanta, ....
ISTANBUL, December 2 (Compass Direct News) – A Supreme Court judge in Egypt on Nov. 22 granted Christian Bahia El-Sisi the right to appeal her conviction for falsification of documents – a charge stemming from her official papers not identifying her ....
Two Copts Wrongly Detained, Tortured   Published in 2008
ISTANBUL, December 1 (Compass Direct News) – Two Coptic Christians wrongfully arrested for killing a Muslim during the May 31 attack on Abu Fana monastery in Egypt have been tortured and sent to a detention camp so authorities could try to extract a ....
Thousands Protest, Vandalize Church   Published in 2008
ISTANBUL, November 26 (Compass Direct News) – Thousands of Muslim protestors on Sunday (Nov. 23) attacked a Coptic church in a suburb of Cairo, Egypt, burning part of it, a nearby shop and two cars and leaving five people injured. Objecting to a ....
ISTANBUL, November 24 (Compass Direct News) – Egyptian human rights workers are looking to international bodies for support against Muslim judges who use sharia (Islamic law) to undermine custody rights of Christian mothers. Despite provisions such ....
ISTANBUL, November 21 (Compass Direct News) – Authorities in an Egyptian village arrested 50 Coptic Christians, whose shops were then looted, to pacify Muslims following violence that erupted on Nov. 4 over a Christian boy’s unwitting break with ....
ISTANBUL, October 10 (Compass Direct News) – An Egyptian Coptic Christian woman has been sentenced to three years in prison for failing to uphold her Islamic identity – an identity she didn’t know she had for over four decades. Sisters Shadia and ....
ISTANBUL, October 2 (Compass Direct News) – Following the Appeal Court of Alexandria on Sept. 24 granting custody of 13-year-old Christian twins to their Muslim father, their mother lives with the fear that police will take away her children at any ....
One Convert’s Never-Ending Struggle   Published in 2008
ISTANBUL, September 12 (Compass Direct News) – Egypt’s most famous convert to Christianity is a prisoner of his own home, hiding for his life. After Mohammed Ahmed Hegazy, 25, became the first Muslim-born Egyptian to file a case a year ago for his ....
ISTANBUL, August 7 (Compass Direct News) – One year after the first attempt by an Egyptian Muslim convert to Christianity to change his religious identity, another convert this week became the second to make such a controversial legal request. After ....
Rights activist Hossam BahgatISTANBUL, March 26 (Compass Direct News) – Christian-born converts to Islam in Egypt wishing to return to their former faith have found their way blocked by an appeal before the country’s Supreme Constitutional Court. ....
ISTANBUL, February 11 (Compass Direct News) – Egypt’s top administrative court has ruled in favor of 12 converts to Islam seeking to return to Christianity but has left the group vulnerable to discrimination by mandating their former religion be ....
Court Rules Against Convert   Published in 2008
ISTANBUL, January 31 (Compass Direct News) – In a blow to religious freedom in Egypt, a Cairo court has ruled against a Muslim convert to Christianity who requested that his religious affiliation be changed. Judge Muhammad Husseini said in a verdict ....
Hot Tempers during Hegazy hearingISTANBUL, January 25 (Compass Direct News) – An Egyptian judge is scheduled to rule next week on the case of a Muslim-born convert to Christianity whose court hearing threatened to turn into a brawl earlier this ....
CAIRO, December 10 (Compass Direct News) – An Egyptian convert to Christianity released by police under murky circumstances has revealed details of her week-long detention last July that differ greatly from original reports of torture. Speaking by ....
Al-SharqawiISTANBUL, November 27 (Compass Direct News) – Police detained an Egyptian convert to Christianity on her wedding anniversary in Upper Egypt last week, her husband said. Plainclothes officers arrested Siham Ibrahim Muhammad Hassan ....
Mohammed Ahmed HegazyCAIRO, November 15 (Compass Direct News) – Sick of hiding in a secret apartment in Cairo, Mohammed Ahmed Hegazy risked his life to shop for groceries late one night last week, a cap pulled low over his face. The Egyptian convert ....
CAIRO, November 12 (Compass Direct News) – Just days after two Christian activists from a human rights group were released from jail, Egyptian authorities took three of their colleagues into police custody over the weekend. An Egyptian prosecutor ....
Peter EzzatCAIRO, November 7 (Compass Direct News) – Egyptian police this week released two Christian rights activists detained for three months. A host of journalists, lawyers, clergyman, family and friends gathered at the Cairo home of Adel Fawzy ....
Mohammed Ahmed HegazyISTANBUL, October 10 (Compass Direct News) – Conservative Islamic lawyers came out in support of the Egyptian government last week at the opening court hearing of a Muslim convert to Christianity. In a move that has caused ....
ISTANBUL, September 21 (Compass Direct News) – Egypt has denounced a U.S. report on the African nation’s worsening condition of religious freedom. The State Department’s annual International Religious Freedom Report, released on September 14, says ....
ISTANBUL, September 6 (Compass Direct News) – An Egyptian court has delayed ruling in the appeal of converts to Islam who wish to return Christianity. At a hearing on Saturday (September 1), Egypt’s Supreme Administrative Court set the date for a ....
Mario and Andrew Medhat Ramsis (Watani)ISTANBUL, September 5 (Compass Direct News) – An Egyptian court on Monday (September 3) adjourned the hearing of young Christian twins legally forced to take Islamic education after their estranged father ....
Adel Fawzy Faltas ISTANBUL, August 22 (Compass Direct News) – Egypt yesterday renewed the detention of two Christian rights workers, held without charge since their arrest on August 8. Police detained Adel Fawzy Faltas and Peter Ezzat after their ....
ISTANBUL, August 9 (Compass Direct News) -- Egyptian police detained the head of a Christian rights group yesterday after he held a high-publicity, online chat session with a controversial Muslim convert to Christianity, the group's international ....
ISTANBUL, August 8 (Compass Direct News) -- An Egyptian convert to Christianity who filed suit for his conversion to be officially recognized is in hiding after his attorney announced he would withdraw from the case yesterday.Though the lawyer ....
Mohammed Ahmed HegazyISTANBUL, August 6 (Compass Direct News) – A Muslim convert to Christianity filed suit against Egypt last week for refusing to legally recognize his change of religion, sparking a reactionary lawsuit by Muslim clerics and death ....
ISTANBUL, July 23 (Compass Direct News) – Egyptian police in Alexandria who last week arrested a Christian convert woman today handed her over to her fanatical Islamist family, who beat her before driving her away. Eyewitnesses said family members ....
ISTANBUL, July 18 (Compass Direct News) – Security police in Alexandria, Egypt have repeatedly tortured a young woman convert to Christianity in custody since Monday (July 16). Fanatic Islamist relatives of Eman Muhammad el-Sayed, 26, attacked her ....
Coptic Lawyer Naguib Gabriel ISTANBUL, July 6 (Compass Direct News) – Egypt’s Supreme Administrative Court this week quashed a previous ruling that had denied Coptic citizens the right to regain their legal Christian identity, ordering a retrial on ....
Coptic lawyer Naguib Gabriel ISTANBUL, June 25 (Compass Direct News) – Egypt’s Supreme Administrative Court heard a final appeal last week for 45 Coptic Christian citizens who were denied their attempt to legally reclaim their Christian identities ....
Mobs Attack Churches near Alexandria   Published in 2007
St. Mary and St. Mercurius ChurchISTANBUL, June 15 (Compass Direct News) – Muslim rioters attacked two Coptic Orthodox churches, damaged Christian-owned shops and injured seven Christians in two unrelated incidents in northern Egypt during the past ....
Bahaa el-Akkad prior to arrestISTANBUL, May 24 (Compass Direct News) – In a surprise gesture, Egyptian authorities have released a Christian convert from Islam who had been jailed without charges under Egypt’s controversial emergency laws for the ....
ISTANBUL, February 22 (Compass Direct News) – Police detained Christian families in Upper Egypt and forced them to deny arson attacks on their homes during a spate of anti-Christian violence last week, the families said. Two Coptic Orthodox families ....
Christian Convert from Islam Jailed   Published in 2006
Bahaa el-Din el-AkkadOctober 18 (Compass Direct News) – A Muslim sheikh jailed in Egypt for 18 months has declared from his prison cell that he is under arrest for “insulting Islam” by becoming a Christian. Egypt’s secret police transferred Bahaa ....
Laurence Wagih EmilOctober 9 (Compass Direct News) – An Egyptian Christian teenager escaped her Muslim kidnappers last week hours after they had drugged her on a public bus. While holding her captive, they threatened to rape her and convert her to ....
Fouad Fawzy Tawfik August 15 (Compass Direct News) – A Muslim ex-convict stabbed and killed a Christian cobbler northeast of Cairo in June, confessing that he had planned to murder him because he was an ‘infidel’ who had made an offhand comment that ....
Milad Samy ZakiAugust 14 (Compass Direct News) – Families of five jailed Christians have lost their homes northeast of Cairo after authorities persuaded them to turn over deeds to their property in exchange for what was supposed to be the release of ....
Funeral procession for slain CoptAugust 9 (Compass Direct News) – Egypt has detained seven Christian men without charge since a fatal knife attack on churches here last April triggered two days of violence in this Mediterranean coastal city. ....
May 22 (Compass Direct) – With Cairo reeling from two weeks of clashes between thousands of police and demonstrators over the trial of two judges, Egypt appears to have forgotten its promises to investigate the April 14 stabbing of Christians in ....
Theresa Ghattass Kamal March 31 (Compass Direct) – Following a three-month search, an Egyptian Christian has discovered his missing sister living with a Muslim family near her home town and professing faith in Islam. Spurred by a brief telephone ....
Theresa Ghattass KamalFebruary 23 (Compass) – Missing for over a month, a young Christian woman has telephoned her relatives and reported being imprisoned in a Cairo apartment while facing pressure to convert to Islam. Last seen in the village of ....
February 15 (Compass) – Imprisoned for nearly 11 months without formal charges, the fate of an Egyptian sheikh suspected of blasphemy is to be decided at a court hearing on Sunday (February 19). Arrested on April 6, 2005, Bahaa el-Din Ahmed Hussein ....
Sisters Win Christian Identity Battle   Published in 2006
Iman and Olfat Malak AyetFebruary 3 (Compass) – Two young Coptic Christian women whose father had converted to Islam when they were infants have won a court battle in Egypt to retain their official religious identity as Christians. Now 18 and 19 ....
January 20 (Compass) – One Christian has died and at least 11 Egyptians were reportedly injured yesterday morning when Muslims clashed with security police and set fire to a Christian community center in Upper Egypt. Coptic Christian Kamaal Shaker ....
Church Building Regulations Eased   Published in 2005
December 13 (Compass) – Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak eased long-controversial restrictions on church repair last week in a decree that received mixed reactions from Egypt’s large Coptic Christian community. The old law, requiring the president’s ....
Pastor Fatally Crushed by Taxi   Published in 2005
Ezzat HabibDecember 2 (Compass) – Under threat from Egypt’s security police for holding services at his house church, a Protestant pastor has been run down by a taxi in Cairo and died of internal bleeding and a broken skull. Ezzat Habib, his son ....
Shafik Saleh Shafik November 29 (Compass) – With an arrest warrant hanging over his head, Coptic Christian Shafik Saleh Shafik has gone into hiding in Egypt while his lawyers pursue an appeal over a controversial conviction of illicitly holding a ....
November 28 (Compass) – An Egyptian Copt jailed without charges for 28 months has been released from the Al-Gharbaliat Prison near Alexandria. Hany Samir Tawfik, 29, was set free on June 28, seven months after his case was first publicized outside ....
November 23 (Compass) – An Egyptian sheikh linked with a group devoted to the spread of Islam has been jailed without charges for nearly eight months on suspicion of committing blasphemy against Islam. Arrested at his trading office on April 6, ....
Heba Nabil Narouz GhaliNovember 18 (Compass) – Risking the loss of family honor, an Egyptian Christian couple last week went public with their daughter’s sudden disappearance under questionable circumstances. After highlighting 21-year-old Heba ....
Egypt Slaps Jail Term on U.S. Citizen   Published in 2005
Shafik Saleh ShafikOctober 26 (Compass) – A U.S. Christian faces one year in prison after a trial in which he was accused of raping and beating Magda Refaat Gayed at his Cairo shelter for troubled women. Following last month’s final hearing in the ....
Shafik Saleh ShafikSeptember 22 (Compass) -- In a case that has prompted death threats from Muslims, Egypt’s top forensic doctor on Tuesday blasted a court physician’s report that Coptic Christian Shafik Saleh Shafik had bound and beaten Magda ....
September 14 (Compass) -- Egypt’s top forensic doctor will evaluate a medical report at next week’s criminal court hearing against Coptic Christian Shafik Saleh Shafik, who is accused of beating and raping a Coptic teenager at his home for troubled ....
Marianna Rezk Shafik AttallahSeptember 8 (Compass) -- Three months after his 20-year-old daughter disappeared while on an errand from work, Coptic Christian Rezk Shafik Attallah remains convinced that she has been kidnapped by a former police ....
Convert Released from Mental Hospital   Published in 2005
Gasir Mohammed Mahmoud June 21 (Compass) -- Five months after he was forcibly committed to a mental hospital for converting from Islam to Christianity, Gasir Mohammed Mahmoud has been discharged from his locked psychiatric ward in Cairo and set ....
Convert Locked into Mental Hospital   Published in 2005
Gaser Mohammed MahmoudMay 13 (Compass) -- An Egyptian convert from Islam to Christianity is being held against his will in a Cairo mental hospital, where supervising doctors have told him he must stay unless he recants his faith and returns to ....
Shafik Saleh ShafikFebruary 16 (Compass) -- The criminal trial of Egyptian Christian Shafik Saleh Shafik, begun in mid January, has been ordered postponed until February 20 by the presiding judge, who accepted defense petitions to summon key ....
Shafik Saleh Shafik January 13 (Compass) -- The Egyptian Christian director of a home for troubled Coptic girls goes on trial January 16 on criminal charges before Cairo’s Abbassiya Criminal Court No. 15. Shafik Saleh Shafik, 57, is accused of ....
November 8 (Compass) -- Two teenage Christian sisters in Egypt have gone to court to contest the forced change of their official religious identity to Islam. Iman and Olfat Malak Ayet, now 17 and 18 years of age, were raised as Christians by their ....
Iman (standing) and Olfat Malak AyetNovember 8 (Compass) — Two teenage Christian sisters in Egypt have gone to court to contest the forced change of their official religious identity to Islam.A State Council verdict is due by the end of November on ....
May 18 (Compass) — In an unprecedented verdict on April 13, an Egyptian court ordered the Interior Ministry to return formal Christian identity status to a Coptic Christian who had converted to Islam 11 years ago and then returned to her Christian ....
Christian Couple Escapes   Published in 2004
May 17 (Compass) — Thirteen months after Egypt jailed and tortured a Coptic Christian pharmacist for marrying a former Muslim woman, Boulos Farid Rezek-Allah Awad was finally allowed to emigrate from Egypt to Canada in March. A few weeks earlier, ....
(Compass) -- An Egyptian Christian was killed and two others seriously injured on January 5 when a confrontation erupted between a military contingent of about 300 soldiers and the staff of a Coptic Christian center for handicapped children near ....
Christian Captured At Libyan Border   Published in 2003
(Compass) — A Coptic Christian secretly married to a woman convert from Islam was apprehended for the second time while trying to leave Egypt for Canada. Boulos Farid Rezek-Allah Awad, 31, was stopped at the Libyan border on November 25 and detained ....
Christian Mother Still Jailed   Published in 2003
(Compass) — Five weeks after her arrest tipped off a major crackdown against Egyptian converts to Christianity, Mariam Girguis Makar was sent back to El-Kanater Women’s Prison outside Cairo for another 15 days. Makar, 30, was arrested on October 20 ....
Convert Ordered Released On Bail   Published in 2003
(Compass) — The last of 22 Egyptian Christians arrested since mid October and held for torture and interrogation by security police was ordered released in Cairo. On December 3, Mariam Girguis Makar, 30, was granted bail by an Egyptian court and ....
Christian Captured At Libyan Border   Published in 2003
A Coptic Christian secretly married to a woman convert from Islam was arrested for the second time last week while trying to leave Egypt for Canada. Boulos Farid Rezek-Allah Awad, 31, was stopped at the Libyan border on November 25, the first day of ....
(Compass) — In a harsh crackdown over 10 days, Egypt’s state security police arrested and tortured a Christian couple of Muslim background, along with 11 other Egyptian citizens accused of forging Christian identity papers for former Muslims. ....
(Compass) — A Coptic Christian teenager kidnapped in Egypt by Muslims who claim she’s converted to Islam is being refused direct access to her Christian family. According to Nagy Edwar Nagy, his sister disappeared on September 27, the day after she ....
(Compass) -- An Egyptian court issued a long-awaited retrial verdict on February 27 which virtually acquitted the accused murderers of 21 Coptic Christians massacred in southern Egypt in January 2000. During a three-day rampage, Sohag province’s ....
(Compass) -- An Egyptian court has postponed a retrial verdict due in late January against 96 people implicated in violent Muslim-Christian clashes three years ago. The January 27 hearing in southern Egypt lasted only three minutes. Presiding Judge ....
October 15 (Compass Direct News) -- A letter smuggled out of Cairo’s Mazraa Tora Prison last month confirmed that an Egyptian convert to Christianity who disappeared five months ago has been imprisoned on criminal charges. In a handwritten letter ....
(Compass) - Five months after a Coptic Christian pharmacist was jailed for stabbing his wife’s mother and sisters, the mentally unstable defendant still has not been called before El-Fayoum’s criminal court to face attempted murder charges. Dr. ....
(Compass) - The Egyptian military launched a series of attacks against a Christian farm in the Suez desert just east of Cairo during February, injuring several staff members and inflicting considerable property damage on the Coptic-owned Patmos ....
(Compass) - Forty-seven suspects detained for investigation in the February 10 attack against a Coptic Orthodox church in Upper Egypt remained under arrest in the first week of March, pending formal statements from the prosecutor’s office on ....
(Compass) - The wife and family of Dr. Hanna Kamal Hanna Morgan, 38, have been battling for more than a year to cancel the pharmacist’s certificate of conversion to Islam. When Morgan signed the document 16 months ago, he had been undergoing ....
(Compass) - The religious identity of a Coptic Christian pharmacist who suddenly converted to Islam last year while being treated for severe mental illness is to be determined by a Cairo court of appeals verdict set for May 14. The lawsuit requests ....
(Compass) - Egypt’s top-ranking Court of Cassation has announced it will hear an appeal requested by the Egyptian prosecutor general. The appeal questions the blanket acquittal of all but four of 96 defendants, including 38 Muslims charged with ....
Muslim Murder Suspects Acquitted   Published in 2001
(Compass) - Instead of convicting the Muslim murder suspects accused of killing 21 Christians in last year’s El-Kosheh massacre, a judge in southern Egypt has accused the local Coptic clergy of responsibility for the three-day rampage. In his ....
(Compass) - According to a September 6 Egyptian newspaper report, 21 of the 39 accused defendants from Dar al-Salaam were given years in prison for their role in Egypt’s worst Muslim-Christian bloodshed in decades. So far as the Egyptian public ....
(Compass) - One Coptic Christian was killed and three others were injured in late July during an attack by their Muslim neighbors in Sool, a village 30 miles south of Cairo. Fakhri Ayyad Musaad, a 38-year-old Coptic farmer, died in a gunblast as he ....
(Compass) - An Egyptian court in the Sohag governate sentenced Coptic Christian Sourial Gayed Isshak to three years in prison at hard labor on July 16, convicted on charges of insulting the Muslim religion. Isshak’s lawyer, Mamduh Nakhla, promptly ....
(Compass) - Jailed four months ago for allegedly insulting the Muslim religion, a Coptic Christian storeowner from Upper Egypt’s strife-torn El-Kosheh village is slated to hear his verdict in mid July. Sourial Gayed Isshak, 37, was arrested March 9 ....
(Compass) - Officials from Egypt’s powerful State Security Intelligence (SSI) agency detained a Coptic Orthodox Christian for the fourth time in early June, interrogating him under torture on accusations of preaching Christianity to Muslims. Aziz ....
(Compass) - In a long-deferred judgment handed down June 5, the Sohag Criminal Court ruled Coptic Christian villager Shaiboub Arsal guilty of the 1998 double murder of his cousin and another young Copt in southern Egypt’s El-Kosheh village. Arsal, ....
(Compass) - Egypt’s chief prosecutor issued indictments in March on the December 31-January 2 riots which caused the deaths of 21 Copts, caused dozens of serious injuries, and destroyed 104 Coptic homes and businesses in El-Kosheh, a predominantly ....
(Compass) - When Egypt’s chief prosecutor stressed that no \"man of religion\" was charged in the El-Kosheh indictments, by inference he exonerated a local Coptic Orthodox priest, charged in early February on five counts of criminal behavior during ....
(Compass) - An Egyptian criminal court stalled again on May 9, failing to deliver a verdict against Shaiboub William Arsal, the Coptic Christian defendant in the highly-publicized El-Kosheh double-murder trial. According to the judge, the delay ....
(Compass) - A Coptic Christian pharmacist plagued by mental illness over the past 10 years suddenly converted to become a Muslim in mid March, shortly after his release from the Egyptian hospital where he was undergoing psychiatric treatment. The ....
(Compass) - An Egyptian court ordered a two-month postponement of the unresolved murder case against Coptic Christian villager Shaiboub William Arsal in early March. Arrested 20 months ago in Sohag governate’s predominantly Christian El-Kosheh ....
(Compass) - A new decree issued by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in late December has relaxed a 140-year-old set of laws requiring all Christian churches to obtain high-level government permits to repair and restore their houses of worship. ....
Priest Accused of Attempted Murder   Published in 2000
(Compass) - Egypt’s state security prosecutors filed attempted murder charges against a Coptic village priest, accusing him of provoking the violence which killed 21 Christians in El-Kosheh village over New Year’s weekend. Father Gabriel Abdul ....
(Compass) - Five predominantly Coptic Christian villages in Upper Egypt’s Sohag province were ravaged by three days of rioting, killing and destruction over New Year’s weekend. At least 21 Christians were killed, another 34 were hospitalized with ....
 
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