Egyptian Christians Gather To Worship After Muslim Brotherhood Destroys Churches

Egyptian Christians Gather To Worship After Muslim Brotherhood Destroys ChurchesCopts whose church was one of dozens destroyed by Muslim Brotherhood supporters have returned to the charred house of worship, with their pastor vowing the violence suffered by his flock will make them “better Christians.”

‘Ethnic cleansing’

Across Egypt, at least 60 churches have been targeted, along with Christian schools, homes, businesses and even an orphanage, according to conservative estimates. In the areas of Minya, Beni Suef, Fayoum and Assiut, Christian homes and businesses have received leaflets warning them to leave or face reprisals by Islamists, Christians said.

As violence envelops Egypt, Christians are paying a heavy price with scores of their most sacred buildings and monuments being systematically destroyed by members of the Muslim Brotherhood in what one Coptic leader called an attempt at ethnic cleansing.

‘Path toward Islamist rule’

The group, which is clashing with the military throughout the North African nation, has zeroed in on Christians since the Muslim Brotherhood-backed administration of Mohamed Morsi was ousted on July 3. The military removed him from power after he imposed several sweeping constitutional changes that appeared to put the nation of 90 million on a path toward Islamist rule.

Under fire, Christians are solidly backing the military’s harsh crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood.

How will Egypt achieve true peace and order in this situation? Do you think Egyptian Christians should leave for their own safety?

Source: Fox News

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Brazil President ‘Proud’ Of Protests

Brazil President 'Proud' Of ProtestsBrazilian President Dilma Rousseff has said she is proud of the tens of thousands of people who have taken to the streets to demand better education, schools and transport.

‘Calling for change’

“My government is listening to the voices calling for change,” said Ms Rousseff in her first comments since Monday night’s demonstrations.

Some 10,000 people gathered in Sao Paulo on Tuesday for a new protest. Scuffles broke out with police outside the office of Mayor Fernando Haddad. Demonstrations were also taking place in the states of Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais. The protests began with demands for bus fare hikes to be revoked. They have turned into a nationwide demonstration against bad governance.

“Brazil has woken up a stronger country,” said President Rousseff. “The size of yesterday’s marches is evidence of the strength of our democracy… It is good to see so many young people, and adults – the grandson, the father and the grandfather – together holding the Brazilian flag, singing our anthem and fighting for a better country,” said Ms Rousseff.

‘Largest since 1992′

She said her government had lifted “40 million people into the middle class” but more needed to be done to improve access to free health and education.

The demonstrations are Brazil’s largest since 1992, when people took to the streets to demand the impeachment of President Fernando Collor de Mello. The mayors of Cuiaba, Recife, Joao Pessoa and other cities have announced a reduction in bus fares in response to Monday’s protests.

The demonstrations gathered pace as Brazil hosts the Confederations Cup, a curtain-raiser event for next year’s football World Cup. Many complained of the huge amounts spent on construction for the World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, which will be hosted by Rio de Janeiro.

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Source: BBC News

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