Egyptian Christians Mourn Loss of Church Leader

Pope Shenuda, foemer head of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt

SAT-7 International Council Extends Condolences to Coptic Orthodox Church

Limassol, Cyprus – March 28, 2012

On March 17, 2012, Coptic Pope Shenouda III died at the age of 88 as a result of health complications related to old age. SAT-7 interrupted its normal schedules to broadcast the state funeral live from St. Mark’s Cathedral in Cairo. The SAT-7 International Council, at a scheduled meeting after the funeral, extended its condolences to the Coptic Orthodox Church, the largest Christian community in the whole of the Middle East. Continue reading “Egyptian Christians Mourn Loss of Church Leader”

‘Live together, die together’ – A Tense Christmas in Egypt

(Photo: Bill Grimes)

There were the usual chanted liturgies and wafting smells of incense, but church services on Coptic Christmas Eve in Egypt were different this year.

Christians had to park their cars long distances away from their places of worship and pass through extra security cordons just to enter for the customary late-night Mass that begins festive celebrations.

Many wore black to remember the 21 people killed in an attack on their community in Alexandria just five nights before. Continue reading “‘Live together, die together’ – A Tense Christmas in Egypt”