Despite the so-called Arab Spring, Egypt’s Christians are still hoping for safety in their homeland. Last Friday, St. Georgas Coptic Church in Sarsena was attacked and burned, nearly destroying it.
Vatica Radio reported on the incident in Sarsena, some 60 miles southwest of Cairo.
A few parishioners and the pastor were slightly injured, before a local Muslim family helped them to escape the scene, the Radio reported.
Father Rafic Greiche, a spokesperson for the Greek Melkite Church in Egypt, told Vatican Radio that attacks against Christians in Egypt have become all too frequent – about one per week – since the country’s 2012 revolution. He explained the fear Christians experience as they face persecution that is systematic.
Since the beginning of the revolution, he said, “the Christians don’t feel secure at all – especially now. We have a lack of security, and the people are demoralized.”