Egypt: Muslims Donate Money to Build Coptic Church Dedicated to the Virgin Mary

Gesture of Solidarity Made Following Murder of Egyptian Copts by IS

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A Muslim community in Egypt has donated money for the building of new Coptic Church.

According to Fides News Agency, Muslims from the Governorate of Al Manufiyya, located in northern Cairo made the donation.

The Muslim community wished to show their solidarity with Coptic Christians following the murder of 21 Egyptian Copts in Libya by the so-called ‘Islamic State’ (IS).

Following a call for collections made by Coptic Orthodox Bishop Benyamin, several leading members of the Muslim community offered a contribution. Young people and even children gave money for the construction project.

Bishop Benyamin that the donation “is a message addressed to the whole world.”

The Governorate of Al Manufiyya is best known as the birthplace of two former Egyptian presidents: Anwar Sadat, who was assassinated by militants of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, and Hosni Mubarak, who was forced to resign following the Arab Spring. 

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