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Christian Monk Is Found in a Pool of Blood

And another monk confessed to killing Bishop Epiphanius

(Newser) - A bearded Christian monk lies dead in a pool of blood. A younger monk who clashed with him is defrocked. Another tries to kill himself. Now Coptic Christians in Egypt are grappling with this murder-at-the-monastery scandal as authorities suggest possible motives, the New York Times reports. Bishop Epiphanius, abbot at... More »

They Were Headed to a Monastery. Then Came Death

23 Coptic Christians believed dead in attack on bus in Egypt

(Newser) - Egyptian state TV says 23 people were killed and 25 wounded in an attack by gunmen on a bus carrying Coptic Christians south of Cairo. The report quotes local health officials as saying that the attack happened on Friday while the bus was traveling on the road to the St.... More »

ISIS Claims Palm Sunday Bombings That Kill 37

Coptic Christians targeted twice in Egypt

(Newser) - Bombs tore through two Egyptian churches as worshippers were marking Palm Sunday, killing at least 37 people and wounding around 100 in an assault claimed by the Islamic State, reports the AP . In the first attack, a bomb exploded at Saint George church in the Nile Delta city of Tanta,... More »

Coptic Church Taps New Pope

Pope Tawadros II will fill gap left by Shenouda III's death this year

(Newser) - Egypt's ancient Coptic Christian church chose a new pope in an elaborate ceremony today meant to invoke the will of God, in which a blindfolded boy drew the name of the next patriarch from a crystal chalice. Bishop Tawadros, 59, an aide to the acting pope, was selected to... More »

3 Killed as Throngs Mourn Egypt's Coptic Pope

Pope Shenouda III's memorial service turns tragic

(Newser) - Tens of thousands of mourners turned out for Pope Shenouda III's memorial service, which turned tragic when three were crushed to death in the crowd. The leader of Egypt's Coptic Christians was seated on the throne of St. Mark, and dozens of devotees were injured as they crowded... More »

Egypt's Coptic Christian Pope Dead at 88

Pope Shenouda III struck conservative tone during revolution

(Newser) - Egypt's Coptic Christian Pope Shenouda III has died of natural causes at age 88 after leading his community through four decades of quiet expansion, al-Jazeera reports. A religious leader of some 8 million people—about 10% of Egyptians—Shenouda was a fighter for Coptic rights in his early years... More »

Blogs Blame Military for Egypt Violence

White House condemns violence; Coptics profess innocence

(Newser) - Eyewitness accounts of last night’s violence in Cairo are pouring in through social media, and they paint an ugly picture of Egypt’s security forces, the New York Times observes. “Army vehicles deliberately crushed protesters using APCs, shot at them at random as they drove at them. This... More »

Fresh Clashes Break Out in Egypt

As PM calls religious divide a 'threat to national security'

(Newser) - Fresh riots broke out in Egypt today, with hundreds of Christians throwing rocks at police outside a Cairo hospital where many of the victims from the previous day's massive clashes over the burning of a Coptic church were taken, the AP reports. Essam Sharaf called for calm in a... More »

Egypt Warns of 'Iron Fist' After Religious Clash

Sectarian violence threatens democratic change in Egypt

(Newser) - Egyptian officials warned yesterday that an "iron fist" will enforce national security in the wake of violent clashes between Muslims and Christians in Cairo that left 12 dead and nearly 200 wounded. Some 190 people arrested will face military trials in a special "deterrent" against further violence, and... More »

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