Coptic Orthodox in Al Minya, Egypt celebrate Holy Friday over ashes

canadafreepress.com | 5/1/2019 | Dr. Ashraf Ramelah
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As the Orthodox in Egypt and around the world began their holy week last week on Sunday, April 21, Christians around the world mourned the Sri Lanka church bombing where more than three hundred Catholic Christians were killed celebrating Easter. For Copts, the explosion of bombs inside the three Sri Lanka churches brought to memory the explosion of their Two Saints Church in Alexandria, Egypt on New Year’s Eve 2011, as well as the more recent attacks on The Saint George Church in Tanta and The Saint Mena Coptic Church in Alexandria on Palm Sunday 2017.

Before the holy week ended last week in the Province of Al Minya, Egypt, Copts became victims once again of a church burning on the Orthodox Good Friday (April 26). Some time back, Islamic authorities shut down the brick-and-mortar church by bolting its doors. Recently, authorities gave permission to Christians to erect a tent in the Saint George Church yard to celebrate the holy week of Easter. In the early morning hours prior to the arrival of parishioners and clergy, two young Muslim men set fire to the tent.

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As in many similar cases around the world the fire department arrived late, but in this case, there was nothing left to rescue. The massive tent and its furnishings burned to the...
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