Coptic Christians

A Close Look at Egypt’s Relentless Abuse of Coptic Christians
A Close Look at Egypt’s Relentless Abuse of Coptic Christians

For those of us who have followed the struggle of Egypt’s Coptic Christians, particularly during the presidency of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al Sisi, there’s been both good news and bad news.

Day 3: Born of a What??? Yule Blog Virgin Mary
Day 3: Born of a What???

Conventional manger scenes don’t show it, but besides the ox, the ass, the sheep, and the camels, there was another animal in the room at Christmas: an elephant. And the elephant in the room was the idea that Jesus’ mother was a virgin when He was born.

Misunderstanding Copts in America: A Response to Candace Lukasik
Misunderstanding Copts in America: A Response to Candace Lukasik

Here lies the main problem with the article by Candace Lukasik: outside of its wrong claims, the article shows a clear lack of knowledge of anything resembling Coptic culture or history.

Middle Eastern Christians Stepping Up to Lead Coronavirus Response Are Part of a Long Tradition of Healing the Region’s Sick
Middle Eastern Christians Step Up to Lead Coronavirus Response, Part of Long Tradition

During the coronavirus pandemic, Middle Eastern Christians like MP Neemat Frem and Dr. Issam Raad are living up to the best of their community’s tradition as healers of the sick.

Persecuted Christians Need You Now More Than Ever
Persecuted Christians Need You Now More Than Ever

Even as we remember that Jesus rose from the dead in Jerusalem, Christians in the Middle East and elsewhere experience some of the highest levels of persecution in the world.

Fight over Christmas Hints of Looming Coptic Schism
Fight over Christmas Hints of Looming Coptic Schism

For those worried about the Coptic Church’s future, the question is not that of a Christmas date or necessary adjustments for pastoral needs, but rather whether years from now we may look back at this decision as the first step in a painful schism that separates the Church in Egypt from its churches in the West, a separation of the daughter from the mother.

When Religious Freedom is Not Enough - Egypt Copt
When Religious Freedom is Not Enough

Egypt boasts the largest population of Christians in the Near East and thus offers the best chance to protect and empower them. A successful model here can be duplicated elsewhere.

Democracy Won’t Save the Middle East’s Religious Minorities
Democracy Won’t Save the Middle East’s Religious Minorities

In the fate of Egypt and its Christians, we should read one crucial fact: neither democratic nor authoritarian governance delivered anything resembling equal citizenship.

More Than a Game: Religious Persecution Endangers Egypt’s Future

Last spring, in the 53rd minute of a hotly contested soccer match between two of the most famous soccer clubs…