Pray for our Brothers and Sisters under Persecution -- August 13, 2013



 World Watch Monitor
A burned truck is part of the damage caused Aug. 3 by a 4,000-person anti-Christian mob in Bani Ahmed, Egypt.  Source:  http://www.worldwatchmonitor.org/2013/08/article_2643227.html/

Egypt’s Coptic Christians face unprecedented reprisals from the Muslim Brotherhood
By Daria Solovieva - Special to The Washington Times
Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Islamist mobs have torched schools and businesses owned by Christians, looted churches and even paraded captive nuns through the streets of a city south of Cairo in a display of rage unseen in Egypts recent history.


In Egypt, Christian anxieties mount as Islamist hostility increases
Published: August 13, 2013
Coptic Pope cancels public appearances

Mass no longer is being celebrated at The Church of St. Mary. Police officers guard the entrance.

Throughout the Egyptian town of Eastern Bani Ahmed south of Cairo, the Christian-owned shops are closed. At least seven Christian homes, and even more of their vehicles, have been ransacked, burned, or both. At least 18 people are injured, and police have issued dozens of arrest warrants.

A disagreement over a song on the radio was all it took to set off the violence Aug. 3.


Pastor Saeed Abedini Fainting From Pain in 'Disturbing Turn of Events'
U.S. Pastor Saeed Abedini in this undated photo.
(Photo: ACLJ.org)
U.S. Pastor Saeed Abedini in this undated photo.
 
American Pastor Saeed Abedini's health has taken a turn for the worse and he is fainting from severe amounts of pain, according to his family in Iran who were able to visit him in Evin Prison, where he is serving an eight year sentence.

"Unfortunately, we have learned that Pastor Saeed's internal injuries are causing him increased pain," the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), which represents Abedini's wife and two children in the U.S., revealed in a post on Monday.


Op-Ed: Mideast Christians: Endangered in their Ancestral Land

Published: Tuesday, August 13, 2013 2:10 PM

Host countries – with the exception of Israel – offer a grim future to Middle East Christians.

Despite Muslim domination of the region, Christians comprised an estimated 20% of the Middle East population until the early 20th century. Today, however, Christians make up a mere 2-5% of the Middle East and their numbers are fast dwindling. Writing in the Winter 2001 issue of Middle East Quarterly, scholar Daniel Pipes estimated that Middle East Christians would "likely drop to" half of their numbers "by the year 2020" because of declining birth rates, and a pattern of "exclusion and persecution" leading to emigration.

The "Arab Spring" has only worsened conditions for the indigenous Christians of the Middle East. Christians . . . are a religious minority that controls no territory and is entirely subject to the whims of their hosts.

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