(Vatican Radio) More than one year after the Arab Spring, Christians in Egypt continue
to suffer persecution. The latest attack happened Friday, when a mob of a few hundred
people threw stones and set fire to St. Georgas Coptic Church in Sarsena. The village
is located about 100 km southwest of Cairo.
A few parishioners and the pastor
were slightly injured, before a local Muslim family helped them to escape the scene.
The attack was led by a local Muslim fringe group. The Salafist group claimed
that the church was illegal and wanted it demolished because of its close location
to a largely Muslim neighbourhood.
Fr Rafic Greiche, a spokesperson for the
Greek Melkite Church in Egypt, said the simple church, made of wood and brick, was
nearly completely destroyed.
Fr Greiche said attacks against Christians in
Egypt have become all too frequent – about one per week – since the country’s 2012
revolution. He explained the fear Christians experience as they face persecution that
Since the beginning of the revolution, he said, “the Christians
don’t feel secure at all – especially now. We have a lack of security, and the people
It is for this reason that many Christians are emigrating
from the region, which he explained is problematic: “The people who are emigrating
are the people who have money and are the most educated.”
St. Georgas Coptic
Church was built about 20 years ago and ministered to about 200 families.
to Laura Ieraci’s full interview with Fr Rafic Greiche, spokesperson for the Greek
Melkite Church in Egypt: