Christians Attacked in Wake of Egyptian Government Upheaval

Parish Looted and Burnt to the Ground by Islamic Fundamentalists

Vatican City, (Zenit.org) Junno Arocho Esteves | 1359 hits

While many Egyptians celebrated the military’s actions in deposing Mohamed Morsy as President of Egypt, Fides News Agency reported that groups of “fanatical Islamists” attacked a Coptic Catholic parish in the northern village of Delgia.

The pastor’s house as well as several buildings belonging to the Church were looted and then burnt to the ground on Wednesday evening.  "Thank God there were no victims and injuries but the alarm continues.,” Coptic Catholic Bishop Botros Fahim Awad Hanna of Minya told Fides.

“The fundamentalists have closed the roads at the entrance to the village. They shout slogans against Christians, they say they want to destroy everything and now they are trying again to storm the church. The local police are helpless, I called Cairo to ask for the intervention of the army."

The attack on the Catholic Coptic parish is, as of now, the most serious reported incident against Christians in the wake of the unfolding political drama affecting the nation. However, Fides states that “threats and intimidation against Christian communities have occurred in other parts of Egypt.