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Copt Catholic Patriarch: let us look to the new martyrs and ask more insistently for Christ to protect us in hope

Cairo – The massacres on Palm Sunday “were a test for the faith of Egypt’s Christians. Pope Tawadros is sorrowful and deeply saddened, it is not easy to speak with him. We, seeing what is happening, can only look at the new martyrs and call ever more insistently on Christ to comfort us and safeguard our hope in the Resurrection”.

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Iraqi Christians Hold Easter Celebrations At A Church Damaged By ISIS

TEL ESQOF:  Hundreds of Iraqi Christians gathered on Sunday in a church damaged by ISIS north of Mosul, celebrating Easter there for the first time since 2014. "God willing, the celebration of the resurrection of Christ will also mark the return and rising-up of the Christians in Iraq," said Kyriacos Isho, 75, who was accompanied by his 12 children and

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Egypt’s attacks won’t stop pope’s visit for peace, says Vatican official

VATICAN CITY -- Despite recent and repeated terrorist attacks against Egypt's minority Christian communities, Pope Francis will not cancel his visit to Egypt. "The pope's trip to Egypt proceeds as scheduled," Greg Burke, Vatican spokesman, told Catholic News Service by email April 10. The pope is scheduled to meet governmental and interfaith leaders during an April 28-29 visit to Cairo.

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Holy Fire to be delivered to America for the first time

The Holy Fire, which descends every year on the eve of the Orthodox feast of Pascha in Jerusalem, will be delivered to the various corners of the Earth, with the support of the Russian St. Andrew the First-Called Foundation, including, for the first time this year, to the United States of America. “It is planned to deliver this sacred blessing

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Easter Message from Rateb Y. Rabie HCEF President & CEO

Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, he has risen!  Luke 24:5-6. Dear Brothers and Sisters, Once again it is that glorious Eastertide when the hearts and minds of all Christians return to Jerusalem.  It is the time of resurrection when Christian hope marks us all. In our sorrow and suffering, we turn to

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Pope Francis condemns Cairo terror attack on Coptic church

Pope Francis condemned the terror attack on a Coptic church dedicated to St. George – Mar Girgis – in the city of Tanta, north of Cairo, which killed upward of two dozen people and injured nearly 60 others. “We pray for the victims claimed this Sunday morning,” Pope Francis said in remarks to the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square

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Who are Egypt’s Coptic Christians, and why do extremists target them?

They trace their founding to the voyage to Alexandria of St. Mark, the apostle of Jesus and New Testament author. Just a decade or two after the original Easter, which Christians celebrate around the world, tradition states that Mark founded their church, one of the earliest in the Middle East and the first in Africa. It was to become a

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Funerals of martyrs held in Tanta. Pope Tawadros: they have passed from sorrow to the joy of being embraced by Christ

Tanta – The funerals of the 29 Copt Christians murdered yesterday, Palm Sunday, in a kamikaze attack in Tanta, north of Cairo, inside a Coptic church dedicated to Saint George, were held late last night. Within hours, the congregation had built the tombs necessary for the burial of the dead close to the church where the massacre took place. The

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Chaldean patriarch: at Easter, faith in the risen Christ stronger than hatred and terrorism

Mar Sako highlights the “suffering and daily grief” endured by Christians in Iraq and the world. The answer to violence is a civilised and modern "state" capable of building a "national identity." The Church promotes initiatives of peace and coexistence. Its task is to revive Nineveh Plain by breathing new life in its towns and villages. Baghdad (AsiaNews) – Christians

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