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Imams and Priests Promote the "Culture of Encounter" Preaching Together in Schools in Minya PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 May 2015 19:02

The collective "mission" of a large group of imam linked to al Azhar – the biggest theological center of Sunni Islam - and Coptic priests begins today, who for a few days will visit together the schools in the Egyptian province of Minya to meet the students and promote the culture of encounter and of peace during conferences and debates, enhancing it as the basis of peaceful social and religious coexistence. The initiative, supported by the Grand Imam of Al Azhar Ahmad al-Tayyeb and Coptic Orthodox Patriarch Tawadros II, aims to strengthen the fabric of national solidarity and to promote mutual tolerance based on shared values, starting with compassion and solidarity towards fellow citizens in need.

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Sinai Jihadist Groups Threaten Copts for Their Support to President al-Sisi PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 May 2015 19:00

The Coptic Christians must leave their homes and the Sinai Peninsula if they do not want to die for the next targeted attacks that jihadist groups operating in the Peninsula are preparing to carry out against them. The threat, direct and selective, was spread through social networks by militants, such as the Ansar Beit al-Maqdis group. In their threatening messages jihadists explicitly declare that the Copts are a target of their violence because of their support towards President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, and therefore for their non-marginal contribution to the consensus enjoyed by the current strong man of Egypt.

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Muslims Collect Money to Build a Church in the Egyptian Province of Al Manufiyya PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 May 2015 18:55

A Coptic church will rise thanks to monetary donations from Muslims in the Governorate of Al Manufiyya, located in the north of Cairo, in the region of the Nile Delta. The church is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, and the concrete solidarity manifested by Muslim believers is also considered as a result of the wave of emotion registered in the Country before the massacre of Copts in Libya committed by jihadists affiliated to the Islamic State (IS).

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U.S. Religious Freedom Commission Calls for Criminal Prosecution of ISIS PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 May 2015 18:53
A U.S. government commission is calling for international prosecution of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, over the militant group’s attacks on Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq and Syria.

The request is a first for the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom in its 2015 report on the state of religious freedom around the world.

But the independent commission’s chairman sees some areas of optimism despite the extreme strains on world religious freedom from “non-state actors” such as ISIS and the persecution of Christians and others in the Middle East, Africa and parts of Asia.

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Jerusalem “Remembers and Never Forgets” Armenia PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 May 2015 18:50

JERUSALEM – Started on 18 April, the sad observance of the centenary of the Armenian genocide, which cost the lives of 1 ½ millions of Armenians, ended on 24 April 2015 through a series of events, in Armenia first, but also in the diaspora. Jerusalem, where the number of Armenians is relatively high, lived the hour of commemorations culminating at the Holy Sepulchre, where liturgy was celebrated.

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Diaspora Palestinians in Honduras Inspired by and Committed to Palestine and the Mission of HCEF PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 27 April 2015 15:35

HCEF President and CEO, Sir Rateb Rabie, KCHS, and his wife, Lady Rocio Rabie, with Palestinian youth of Honduras

HCEF representatives, President/CEO, Sir Rateb Rabie, KCHS, and his wife, Lady Rocio Rabie, HCEF’s Public Relations Office, recently concluded a successful, inspiring and encouraging trip to Honduras -- a country home to around 170,000 Palestinians. They were received by the Palestinian community, most of whom originated from the villages of Bethlehem, Beit Jala, and Beit Sahour, with open arms and open hearts.

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Muslim Chooses to Die Alongside Christians PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 24 April 2015 14:16

Among the Ethiopians killed in Libya by IS was Jamal Rahman: he offered to be taken hostage so as not to abandon a friend. He was among the 28 Ethiopians killed (by decapitation) by Isis in Libya and shown in the latest terror video by Al Furqan, the caliphate’s propaganda machine. Jamal Rahman, a migrant, was not spared, despite belonging to a Muslim family. Why? He offered himself as a hostage because he would not leave his Christian friend to die alone.

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