As the Egyptian Coptic Church marks the 5th anniversary of the 21 Christian men who were beheaded by ISIS on a Libyan beach on February 15, 2015, the mother of two brothers who were among those that were killed by the abductors has said that she is a “mother of martyrs” and exuded confidence that her sons are in heaven, praying for her family.
Human rights groups have voiced concern over the arrest of a Coptic Christian activist in Egypt, on terrorism-related charges. Critics argue the arrest is an attempt to silence those who disagree with the government.
Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Nicolas Henry Marie Denis Thévenin as the Apostolic Nuncio to the Arab Republic of Egypt.
As the government of South Sudan works toward the realization of the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity with the opposition slated to take place next month amid challenges such as a struggling economy, massive humanitarian crisis, and diseases, the partnership between the Juba-based government and Egypt to combat Hepatitis is seen as good news, a Juba-based Catholic doctor has observed.
Egypt’s state committee mandated to license places of public worship has authorized 62 new churches, a move interpreted as a significant step forward for Christian communities in the North African country that links northeast Africa with the Middle East.