May 16, 2011 |
Scores of mostly Coptic Christian protesters were injured when their weekend demonstration blocking a street near the heart of downtown Cairo was attacked by motorists and residents as riot police stood by, prompting new questions about the ability and willingness of Egypt's military-led government to maintain security. The attacks came hours after an explosion at the tomb of a Muslim saint in the northern Sinai town of Sheik Zweid and a week after sectarian clashes left 15 dead and 200 injured.
February 3, 2011 |
The morning bells of All Saints Church beckon worshipers a little later these days, and Mass is celebrated more frequently. The schedule shift for the early service has come in response to the government-imposed overnight curfew. The extra services? Coptic Christians in Egypt's second-largest city say they have a lot of reasons to pray amid the nation's ongoing turmoil. But in a surprise even to them, many Copts say they now find themselves praying for President Hosni Mubarak's government to last as long as possible.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 1998 |
The ancient Coptic Orthodox Church--struggling as a minority faith in mostly Muslim Egypt and within the largely Protestant World Council of Churches--continues to gain a happier spiritual foothold in ethnically diverse Southern California. The influx of immigrant Egyptian Christians in recent decades prompted the Coptic Patriarch of Alexandria to create the Diocese of Southern California and Hawaii in 1995, naming one of his top bishops to head a diocese that now includes 21 churches.
January 7, 2011 |
Egypt's Christians celebrated Eastern Orthodox Christmas Eve on Thursday despite their mourning and anger over a New Year's Day bomb attack on a church that killed 25 Copts, and the fear of more violence. Rumors had spread that Coptic Pope Shenouda III would cancel this year's Christmas festivities. But despite Copts' grief over the deaths in the Alexandria bombing, the 87-year-old pope said celebrations would go on as scheduled. "Of course we feel sadness, and the bombings will leave their mark on all Copts," said Mina Emil, a Coptic banker.
November 26, 2010 |
She drives a tiny car along sugar cane fields and across the deserts of southern Egypt, campaigning for votes in a harsh land of sectarian tensions and tribal loyalties. Hoda Naeem Makkar is running in Sunday's parliamentary election, which for the first time will allot women a percentage of legislative seats. That is one hurdle overcome. But Makkar is a Christian seeking Muslim ballots at a time of religious bloodshed and recrimination. "Ten or 15 years ago, the idea of having a female member of any local council, let alone parliament, was totally unacceptable for most voters and politicians," she said.
January 4, 2011 |
The New Year's Day bombing of an Alexandria church that left 25 Christians dead and scores more injured has unleashed a wave of anger among Egypt's minority Copts directed at their government and Muslim countrymen. Though Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak rushed to blame "foreign hands," officials hinted at Al Qaeda involvement and hundreds of Muslims joined demonstrations on Monday and Saturday to condemn the attack, the bombing highlighted discontent in the Middle East's largest Christian community over how its members are treated in this country.
October 10, 2011 |
Mourners wept over the coffins of Coptic Christians on Monday as Egyptian officials and religious leaders sought to ease sectarian tensions amid rising anger toward the nation's ruling military council. Funerals for four of the more than 20 Coptic protesters killed Sunday by army police and thugs in plainclothes kept the country on edge. The Coptic Church denounced the military for allowing the attacks. And Christians hurled rocks at police outside a Cairo hospital where the bodies of other protesters awaited burial.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 1991 |
Never have so many candidates, with so few votes, gotten so much attention. Joe Chavez, Louis Chitty III, Khalil Khalil, Jim Mihalka and Gonzalo Molina brought up the rear in last month's primary election for the 1st District seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Together, they received 2,571 votes, little more than 3% of the ballots cast, and finished well behind Los Angeles City Councilwoman Gloria Molina and state Sen.
February 25, 2000 |
Pope John Paul II, arriving here for a pilgrimage to Mt. Sinai, appealed Thursday to Egyptians to reject sectarian violence and live up to their nation's ancient ideal as a tolerant meeting ground for people of all faiths. The Roman Catholic leader and Egypt's highest Islamic authority later had a groundbreaking encounter and voiced agreement on the centrality of religion in human fulfillment. They vowed to meet again in the Vatican later this year.
February 7, 1991 |
Pope Shenouda III, Patriarch of Alexandria, 117th Successor to the See of St. Mark and cleric with wit to match his piety, communed with his followers in Highland Park last week. The spiritual leader of the world's Coptic Christians was stopping off on his way from Alexandria to the World Council of Churches in Australia. On a flurry of visits, Pope Shenouda made two stops last Thursday at St. Mary's Church at the foot of Mt.