Pope Shenouda's failing health has raised speculations over the Popes successor
- Pope Shenouda�s failing health has raised speculations over the Pope�s successor
Amid rising tensions over sectarian strife, demands for better political representation and speculations over the Pope�s successor, Egypt�s Coptic community has many issues to address this new year By Nadine El Sayed
Muslims and Copts have been coexisting harmoniously in Egypt for 14 centuries. And that�s not just the official line; the majorityof people, be they Muslim or Copt, will likely agree that for the most part we are tolerant of each other�s faiths. But a recent spate of violence over the past few years has lifted a taboo on media coverage and public debate over the state of relations between Muslims and the minority Coptic community, estimated at 10 percent of the population.
In 2005 Alexandria witnessed huge riots as 5,000 Muslims demonstrated in front of St. George�s Church protesting a play the church held reportedly mocking Islam. Four people died in theriots and about 100 were hurt. A year later, again in Alexandria, a Muslim man, who later turned out to be mentally ill, went on a rampage, stabbing and killing one man and injuring five others. Earlier in 2007 in Cairo, a clash between Copts and Muslims erupted after a group of 60 Muslims set fire to a church, claiming the Copts didn�t have permission to build it.
To read more:- http://www.egypttoday.com/article.aspx?ArticleID=7815