Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark, said that the attacks the Egyptian army is currently being subjected to are being perpetrated by terrorists aiming to weaken its spirit but that everyone is confident that the leaders of the armed forces are leading the military in high spirits. He stated that the lowest soldier in the army is well aware of his role and responsibility.
In his discussion with Russia Today (RT), Pope Tawadros added that confronting extremism and terrorism is the responsibility of governments and officials, indicating that the fire of terrorism will reach everyone in the Middle East and beyond and whoever plays with that fire will inevitably get burned.
The Pope indicated that it will not be easy for the Egyptian army to be defeated because it is completely different from the Iraqi or Libyan armies, or others that were weakened. He added that the Egyptian people always say that “our army is made up of men,” because it is the strongest Arab army, has a very regimented structure, is a prestigious institution in Egyptian history and has always been the voice of truth.
In his interview, the Pope said that after the Russian church showed its kind feelings towards us it was his duty to come to them in order to thank them and strengthen relations between the two churches. The Pope also confirmed that the Russian church is considered the biggest Orthodox church in the world in terms of numbers, making it an influential voice.
The Patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church also explained that the dialogue that occurred during his visit to Russia included the situation of Christians in the Middle East, and he pointed out that their situation is dangerous and unacceptable to the Russian church and government. He explained that the situation is almost tragic in Iraq Syria, whereas Libya and Lebanon are on the brink of falling into the same position, adding that God intervened and saved Egypt at the appropriate time before it became like Iraq.
On the other hand, Pope Tawadros confirmed that the church serves society by building schools and hospitals, participating in community events and sending Coptic businessmen in force to the economic arena, in addition to the use of Coptic expertise and personnel in national projects.
Translated by Kevin Moore.
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كتب- سامر إسماعيل:
نشرت صحيفة “الوول ستريت جورنال” اﻷمريكية تصريحات للأنبا ماكارياس بالمنيا؛ أشار فيها إلى أن الحكومة الحالية تستخدم المسيحيين لتبرير هجومها على اﻹخوان المسلمين.
وأضاف أن الحكومة تحاول استخدام الهجمات على الكنائس للضغط على المسيحيين الغربيين؛ حتى يدعموا الحكومة المعينة من قبل الجيش.
وأبرزت الصحيفة تصريحات عدد من المسيحيين والمسلمين أكدوا فيها أن من هاجموا الكنائس خاصةً في المنيا من البلطجية الذين تستخدمهم اﻷجهزة الأمنية التي لم تدافع عن الكنائس ولم ترد على طلبات اﻹغاثة، سواء هي أو اﻹطفاء.
وتناولت الصحيفة ما وصفته بمخالفة أحد الضباط المسيحيين ﻷوامر قادته عندما ذهب منفردًا في محاولة منه لمنع الهجوم على إحدى كنائس المنيا.
To Abba Macaras, “the government is using Christians to justify its attack on the Muslim Brotherhood”
21st August 2013
Author: Samar Ismael
The American newspaper, the Wall Street Journal, published a statement by Abba Macaras in Minya, that the current government uses Christians to justify attacks on the Muslim Brotherhood.
He added that the government is trying to use attacks on Churches to pressure western Christians so to support the government appointed by the military.
The newspaper highlighted comments by a number of Christians and Muslims who assured them that they attacked churches, especially in Minya, and that thugs employed by the security services did not defend the churches or respond to requests for relief or fight the fires.
The paper dealt with what they described as one of the officers violating Christian orders, leading him to attempt to prevent an attack on a church in Minya.
Note: it’s been a long day. The last paragraph is not as accurate as I can make it. I’ll look at it again tomorrow and do it properly.
Translated by Robert Forster