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Egypt: Coptic priest dies from stabbing on seaside promenade

There are around 300,000 Greek Orthodox Christians in Egypt; like our Coptic Christian brothers and sisters, they suffer sporadic persecution, discrimination, and harassment.

For previous ChristianPersecution.com coverage of the persecution of Christians in Egypt, see here.

“Priest dies from stabbing on seaside promenade in Egypt,” Associated Press, April 8, 2022:

CAIRO — A knife-wielding man mortally wounded a Coptic priest during an attack at the popular seaside promenade in Alexandria on Thursday evening, Egypt’s interior ministry said….

The priest was identified by the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria as Arsanious Wadid, 56….

Sectarian violence is not uncommon in Egypt, where an Orthodox Christian minority, the Copts, is believed to be among the world’s oldest Christian communities….

Sheikh Ahmad al-Tayyeb, who heads Egypt’s Al-Azhar — the highest institution of Sunni Islam in the Muslim world — condemned the attack, warning that such acts “might instigate religious wars.”

“The Grand Imam affirms that homicide is a major sin that arouses God’s wrath and is punishable in the afterlife,” read the statement posted on Al-Azhar’s Facebook page.

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