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Teenage Copt killed in the attacks
Photo from AINA
Further violence broke out on January 8 in the southern Egyptian towns of Nag Hammadi and Bahjora, only two days after six Christians and a Muslim security guard were killed while exiting a Christmas Eve midnight mass service (click here for the story). Muslim mobs reportedly shouting "Allah is great" and "no God except Allah" used swords, gas cylinders and Molotov cocktails to loot and torch homes, shops and cars owned by Christians. Mary Om Boktor Kyrollos, a Coptic Christian, died from fumes when her home was set ablaze. According to eyewitnesses, water and electricity was cut off and when fire officials finally arrived on scene they had empty water tanks. In the days following the church shooting, sectarian clashes broke out between Christians and Muslims and with authorities. (Sources: Assyrian International News Agency, Voice of America)

Pray for peace in these troubled areas in Egypt. Pray that Christians will respond with Christ-like love and forgiveness to the assailants. Pray for those mourning the loss of loved ones.

To learn more about the plight of Egyptian Christians, click here.

Country Information


106,437,241 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Egyptian (99.7), other (0.3)

Religion (%)
Islam (90), Christianity (10)

President Abdelfattah Said El-Sisi (2014)

Government type
Presidential republic

Legal system
Mixed legal system based on Napoleonic civil and penal law, Islamic religious law, and vestiges of colonial-era laws

Source: World Factbook

Pray for Egypt

Pray on behalf of those who are facing economic and social challenges because of their Christian faith. Ask the Lord to provide for their spiritual and practical needs – further strengthening and emboldening them so they can effectively share the message of the Gospel with others in their communities. May the hearts of those who hear it be open and receptive to the wonderful truths contained in God’s Word.


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Egypt News

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    Supreme Constitutional Court building
    Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt
    Photo: Wikipedia / Ahmad Badr (cc)

    On February 9th, the Egyptian president officially swore in the new head of the country's Supreme Constitutional Court: Boulos (Paul) Fahmy Eskandar. Judge Eskandar is the first Coptic Christian to be appointed to this positi

  • Legalization of More Churches
    St. Markos Church in Cairo
    Photo: Flickr / Andrew A. Shenouda (cc)

    Until 2016, it was nearly impossible for churches in Egypt to obtain the required licensing to build or restore a building for worship. As a result, many structures were built without a license. With the passing of legislation in September 2016, a government

  • Physically Disabled Christian Convert Beaten
    A mosque and a church in Egypt. - Photo: Flickr / David Evers
    Photo: Flickr / David Evers (cc)

    On March 17th, Brother "P" was lured from his house by neighbours and beaten because he had converted to Christianity. Due to a physical disability, he was unable to escape from his attackers, so fellow Christians came to his aid. As a result of their intervention,

  • Riots Follow Blasphemy Accusation
    Monastery in Egypt
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    Egypt's Minya Governorate region erupted in violence on November 25th after rumours spread that a young, barely literate Christian man named Girgis Sameeh posted a message on Facebook that was considered insulti