Overseas news briefs June 6, 2014

The Sudanese Council of Churches has called for the immediate release of Mariam Yehya Ibrahim, the Christian woman sentenced to death last month for apostasy from Islam by a Khartoum court. In a 1 June 2014 statement given to the media, the SCC said the death sentence for apostasy and sentence of 100 lashes for […]

Joy and democracy in Egypt

Last week’s referendum on a new constitution was marked by joy and dancing in the street, the Bishop of Egypt reports, as the country showed its support for the ousting of former President Mohammad Mursi. “I can see my beloved country standing on the doorstep of a new day,” Dr Mouneer Anis said on 15 […]

Millions march in support of Egypt’s coup

An Egyptian court has ordered the detention of former Pres. Muhammad Mursi on charges of treason. The arrest accompanied by a call by the Army to the Egyptian people to back its coup prompted the largest public demonstration in Egypt’s history. The Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics reported that an estimated 35 million […]

Church backing for second Arab Spring in Egypt

Christian leaders have welcomed the overthrow of Pres. Mohammed Mursi and his Muslim brotherhood government in Egypt. Following four days of nationwide demonstrations that saw an estimated 20 million Egyptians take to the streets on 3 July 2013 the Egyptian army seized power, arresting Pres. Mursi and suspending the country’s Islamist Constitution. “At last, Egypt […]

Egypt on the brink, Anglican bishop warns

Hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Egypt on 30 June 2013 calling for the ouster of Mohammed Mursi on the first anniversary of the inauguration of the Muslim Brotherhood Leader as President of Egypt. The collapse of the economy and dissatisfaction with the hardline policies of the government left Egypt on […]

Egypt on the edge Bishop Anis warns

The Anglican Bishop of Egypt has warned that the sectarian battle outside St. Mark’s Cathedral in Cairo between Copts and Islamists could take the country into civil war. “Such attacks could lead the country into the abyss of sectarian sedition and deteriorate the social, economic and political conditions of the country. These actions could worsen […]

Crisis talks to save Egypt

The rector of the Al-Azhar in Cairo has convened an all-party meeting of government, opposition, and religious leaders to halt the slide towards anarchy underway in Egypt. On 31 Jan 2013, Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayyeb, the Grand Imam of the al-Azhar University and the country’s leading Islamic scholar, sat down with senior government leaders, the opposition […]

Martial law in Egypt

President Muhammad Mursi of Egypt declared a “state of emergency” for Port Said, Ismailia and Suez this week, placing the cities and their surrounding provinces under martial law. The imposition of a curfew and suspension of civil laws on 27 Jan 2013 comes in the wake of violent riots in Port Said and four days […]

Pray for Egypt

The Bishop of Egypt has issued a call to prayer for his embattled country after President Mohammad Mursi issued a decree widening the powers of the president and blocking his actions from judicial review by the courts.  More than 500 people have been injured in clashes between police and protestors angered by the seizure of […]

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