Catholic charity funds training of priests in Egypt to serve ‘marginalised’ Christians
“The Evangelist Mark would have carried out a mission in Egypt around the year 50”, observes the foundation, which adds: “Today, according to the sources, between 6% and 12% of the Egyptian population describe themselves as Christians”.
Most Christians belong to the Coptic Orthodox Church, ACN reports, adding that Roman Catholics make up less than 1% of the population.
The papal foundation sheds light on a period in history when many Egyptians migrated as job seekers to oil-rich Saudi Arabia in the 1980s and 1990s.
In Saudi Arabia, Egyptians are said to have come into contact with Islam and brought Islamism to Egypt.
According to the charitable foundation, Egyptian Christians have since been increasingly marginalized in society.
In the media, all non-Muslims are referred to as “kuffar” or infidels, ACN reports, adding that in politics, important strategic key positions are reserved mainly for Muslims.
ACN reported in January that Islamists in Egypt were using mothers and their children to wage war on Christianity in the northeast African country.
Michele Clark, a professor who co-authored an ACN report on the sexual victimization of Christian women, said violence against women “does more than tear families apart.”
In the January 21 reportthe American human and women’s rights expert and assistant professor at the Elliot School of International Affairs in Washington told ACN Germany that children born when Christian women are kidnapped and married off to Muslim men never become Christians again.
“Violence against Christian women is a weapon used to wage war against religious minorities. It also has something to do with the structure of Islamic law,” Ms. Clark said.