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Evangelical Church in Minya
Bishop-General Macarius (6th L), a Coptic Orthodox leader, prays with residents at burnt and damaged Evangelical Church in Minya governorate, about 245 km (152 miles) south of Cairo, August 26, 2013. (Photo: Reuters)
Evangelical Church in Mallawi
People walk around the burnt and destroyed Evangelical Church in Mallawi in Minya governorate, about 245 km (152 miles) south of Cairo August 17, 2013. (Photo: Reuters)
The Saint Mina Church
Firemen fight a fire at the Saint Mina Church surrounded by angry Muslims in the Imbaba neighborhood in Cairo, Egypt. May 7, 2011 (Photo: AP)
the main cathedral in Cairo
Coptic Christians run inside the main cathedral in Cairo as police fire tear gas during clashes with Muslims standing outside the cathedral April 7, 2013. (Photo: Reuters)
Imbaba Churches
Christians look at a church which was set on fire during clashes between Muslims and Christians in the heavily populated area of Imbaba in Cairo May 8, 2011.
Two churches in western Cairo were set on fire during clashes between Muslims and Christians triggered by rumors of an interfaith romance that left nine dead in some of the worst sectarian tension since the ouster of the president in a popular uprising (Photo: Reuters)
Christians buildings on fire
Egyptian army forces, left, guard as smoke rises from a building belongs to Christians set on fire during clashes between Muslims and Christians in the Imbaba neighborhood of Cairo Sunday, May 8, 2011. Two churches in western Cairo were set on fire during clashes between Muslims and Christians triggered by rumors of an interfaith romance that left nine dead in some of the worst sectarian tension since the ouster of the president in a popular uprising. (Photo: AP)
Abanoub church
In this Thursday, Oct. 2, 2013 photo, Father Boutros gives the homily to his parishioners at a church burnt by radical Islamists on Aug. 14 in the town of Abanoub, some 400 kilometers (250 miles) south of Cairo. (Photo: AP)
Warraq Church
Egyptians gather at a Coptic Christian church in the Warraq neighborhood of Cairo late Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013 after gunmen on motorcycles opened fire, killing a woman and wounding several people. (Photo: AP)
The Coptic Orthodox Church in Alexandria
Egyptian riot police clash with Christians in front of the Coptic Orthodox church in Alexandria, 230 km (140 miles) north of Cairo January 1, 2011. (Photo: Reuters)
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Tammy
21-10-2013 08:26pm
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totally WRONG!!
Attacking a church of any religion is WRONG & so is the murder of another person!!! It does not matter if it is a church or a mosgue or a temple, THEY ARE ALL SACRED & HOLY HOUSES OF GOD! AN ATTACK ON ANY CHURCH, TEMPLE OR MOSQUE IS AN ATTACK ON GOD and someday these terrorists are going to have to face God or Allah or whatever name you call Him by & answer for their actions. As I see it there will be no reason or excuse that is acceptable for this kind of behavior, IT IS WRONG WRONG WRONG!!!
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Fadi Abdul Noor
21-10-2013 08:15pm
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dangerous idea
I truly sympathize with the victims. But I think the dark embrace between the Coptic leadership and the Sisi coup junta makes many Egyptian Islamists think the Church is actually hell-bent on destroying "political Islam" in Egypt, which is a mad and dangerous idea. The Copts are paying the price for this dangerous thinking.
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Jamshed Ahmed
21-10-2013 06:49pm
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the Church is not quite innocent
The Coptic Church is not innocent. The murder of thousands of Egyptian Muslims recently was carried out thanks to blatant incitement by the Coptic Church and media. I am against attacks on Copts but the policies and behaviors of the Coptic Church make such attacks inevitable.
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