Archbishop Mouneer brings an update of recent tragic events in Egypt, Update on the situation in Imbaba – Archbishop Mouneer Anis.
The damage we saw was indescribable. The area looked as if it was a battlefield, because of the many tanks and soldiers. I was moved by the story of one of the guards of St. Mary’s Church, who refused to denounce Jesus Christ and as a result, his throat was slit. This is at least the fifth tragic incident since the first day of the year, when a church was bombed in Alexandria. There is no doubt that inter-religious tension is growing in Egypt, and this needs a real strategic plan to combat it. This is what we are trying to do through Beth El-Eila.
I very much appreciate your prayers so that the Lord may transform this difficult situation.
We all hope that Egypt will be a safe place for all Egyptians.
May the Lord bless you!
Yours in Christ,
The Most Rev. Dr. Mouneer Hanna Anis
Analysis of the role of the extreme sect ‘Salafists’ in the riots,
Judging the likely trajectory of post-Mubarak Egypt requires assessing the depth of public support for Islamism, and usually this has meant assessing the strength and intentions of the Muslim Brotherhood. While the Brotherhood remains central, however, the country is also facing a frequently violent upsurge of Salafist versions of Islam.
Anglican Mainstream has a range of substantial articles from around the world on the persecuted church, here.
Please note for your diaries that Archbishop Mouneer is a keynote speaker at next year’s CMS Summerview Conference, 12-15 January in Tasmania. Plan to join us.