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Egyptian Election Gives Hope to Christians, Alexandria’s Bishop Says

By CNA/EWTN NEWS | ALEXANDRIA, Egypt — The Catholic bishop of Alexandria has welcomed the election of Abdel Fattah El Sisi as the country’s new president, saying his leadership will benefit both Christians and Muslims.

“His election…

Egyptian election gives hope to Christians, bishop says

Alexandria, Egypt, Jun 3, 2014 / 07:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Egypt’s Roman Catholic bishop has welcomed the election of Abdel Fattah El Sisi as the country’s new president, saying his leadership will benefit both Christians and Muslims.

“His election gives all Egyptians, Muslims and Christians, cause for hope,” Bishop Adel Zaky, Vicar Apostolic of Alexandria, told Aid to the Church in Need May 30.

“His victory gives us Christians security and a perspective for the future. Better times are coming.”

Sisi, the former head of the Egyptian army, won more than 93 percent of the vote, with voter turnout at around 46 percent.

The election comes after several years of political tensions. Sisi was head of Egypt’s army in July 2013 when it deposed the Muslim Brotherhood-backed president Mohammed Morsi.

Many Christians in Egypt voiced concern about their fate under the Muslim Brotherhood and the previous constitution.

Bishop Zaky said that the new president does not distinguish between Christians and Muslims.

“He is a religious person, but he sees religion as a private matter. His prime concern is his country. He demonstrated this when he saved Egypt from an impending civil war last year.”

Egypt has been politically unstable since the Arab Spring protests of 2011 deposed then-president Hosni Mubarak. A December 2012 referendum approved the country’s previous constitution, though that referendum was boycotted by secular elements of Egyptian society.

Bishop Zaky called on the new president to implement Egypt’s revised constitution, which was adopted in a January 2014 referendum boycotted by supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood.

The bishop called the constitution “a carefully formulated document” that, if properly applied, will serve the needs of “all sections of Egyptian society,” including women, workers, Christians, and Muslims.

“Egypt now needs a firm hand,” the bishop said. “For three years the country has been descending into chaos. Someone must apply the laws again and must not discriminate between sections of the population.”

The bishop also rejected criticism of the ousting of Morsi.

“If General Sisi had not been at the head of the military there would have been a civil war. We would have faced the kind of situation that prevails in Iraq.”

“We as a people had no possibility of combating the Muslim Brotherhood. The military only intervened when the people called on it to do so. The army did not act of its own volition.”

Bishop Zaky said that although Morsi had been elected, “the people saw that under him the country was facing ruin” and withdrew their confidence from him “to prevent worse things happening.”

Bishop Zaky’s Vicariate Apostolic of Alexandria serves the some 20,000 Latin rite Catholics who live in Egypt.

Most Catholics in Egypt belong to the Coptic rite, and most Christians in Egypt are Coptic Orthodox. Christians compose about 10 percent of Egypt’s population.

Pope: Respect for Minorities’ Rights is Guarantee of a Healthy Pluralism

Pope Francis has praised Israeli President Shimon Peres as a “man of peace and a peacemaker”, saying he has a shared conviction that Jews, Christians and Muslims are “created by God and destined for eternal life.” The Pope met the President this morning in the Presidential Palace and had what the Vatican describe…

Holy Land bishops urge Christian-Muslim unity against extremism

Jerusalem, Israel, Apr 5, 2014 / 04:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy Land’s bishops have said that Christians and Muslims need to unite against extremism, stressing that people of all beliefs are at risk.

“Christians and Muslims need to …

Mass held in Rome for kidnapped Syrian bishops

Rome, Italy, May 11, 2013 / 11:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Eastern Catholic clergy celebrated a Mass in Rome’s Basilica of Santa Maria in Cosmedin to pray for two archbishops and two priests who remain the hostages of rebels in Syria.

Archimandrite…

Catholics and Islam

The Catechism of the Catholic Church says the following about Islam:”841 The Church’s relationship with the Muslims. The plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator, in the first place amongst whom are the Muslims; these profess t…

Youths who wrote Good Friday meditations ask for peace

Rome, Italy, Mar 29, 2013 / 09:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A leader of the Lebanese youth groups that wrote the meditations for today’s Via Crucis at the Coliseum said they focus on unity and peace between Christians and Muslims.

“Benedict t…

Vatican Commission to Consider Christians and Muslims as ‘Beacons of Hope’

The Vatican’s commission for relations with Muslims is set to discuss over the next four years the theme “Christians and Muslims: Beacons of Hope.” The commission concluded a three-day meeting Thursday. The group was founded by Pope Paul VI in 1974,…

Study finds 84 percent of world has religious affiliation

Washington D.C., Dec 19, 2012 / 02:23 am (CNA).- More than 80 percent of people around the world – about 5.8 billion individuals – identify with a religious group, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center.

“Christians nu…

Pope: Christians and Muslims Must Witness Together Against Conflict

By Edward Pentin |
Pope Benedict XVI today called on Christians and Muslims to firmly witness together against division and war.

Speaking during his weekly general audience, the Pope said the respectful and sincere welcome he received from…

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