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Egyptian church cancels Mass for first time in 1,600 years amid Islamist attacks


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8/21/2013

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ABSTRACTEgyptian church cancels Mass for first time in 1,600 years amid Islamist attacks | Fox News Fox News Digital Network   Fox News   Fox Business   uReport   Fox News Radio   Fox News Latino   Fox Nation   Fox News Insider Login Account You're logged in as   Profile Logout Search Site Listen to Fox News Radio Live › On Air Now › On Air Personalities ›   Home Video Politics U.S. Opinion Entertainment Tech Science Health Travel Lifestyle World Sports On Air Previous Slide Next Slide WORLD HOME U.N. Afghanistan Iran Iraq Middle East Americas Asia / Pacific Global Terror Europe Africa Egyptian church cancels Mass for first time in 1,600 years amid Islamist attacks Published August 21, 2013 FoxNews.com A Christian church in Egypt canceled Mass for the first time in 1,600 years on Sunday amid increasingly violent attacks by Islamists following President Mohamed Morsi’s ouster. “We did not hold prayers in the monastery on Sunday for the first time in 1,600 years,” Selwanes Lotfy, the priest of the Virgin Mary and Priest Ibram Monastery in Degla, told the al-Masry al-Youm, according to The Times of Israel. Lofty said Morsi supporters targeted the monastery – which includes three churches and an archaeological site – in a recent attack. “One of the extremists wrote on the monastery’s wall, ‘donate [this] to the martyrs’ mosque,’” Lofty added. Christians make up 10 percent of Egypt’s 90 million population and have long suffered from discrimination and violence, according to the Associated Press. Dozens of Coptic Christian churches and businesses in Egypt have been attacked by Islamists in the past week, after government forces cleared two pro-Morsi protest camps in Cairo. Click for more from The Times of Israel.   Print   Email   Share   Comments Recommend Tweet Share This Article View Article Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus. You must login to comment. View Article Advertisement World Markets World Markets › Where Investors Should Shop for Stocks Overseas Chin.......