So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Egyptian Mob Violence Against Christians

***WARNING—GRAPHIC/DISTURBING DETAILS***



Image from Coptic World

(CNSNews.com) – Eyewitnesses have given a harrowing account of the murder in Cairo of a young Coptic Christian woman, hauled out of her car and beaten and stabbed to death by a mob, apparently targeted because of a cross hanging from her rear-view mirror. 

The incident occurred in the Cairo suburb of Ain Shams after mosque prayer services on Friday, when police clashed with Muslim Brotherhood supporters angered by army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s decision to run for president. 

An eyewitness appearing on “90 minutes,” a program on the al-Mehwar satellite network, said 25-year-old Mary Sameh George was attacked in her car near a church, where she planned to deliver medicine to an ill and elderly woman. 

Protestors climbed onto her car, collapsing the roof, then hauled her from the vehicle, beating and mauling her – to the extent, he said, that portions of her scalp were torn off. She was stabbed multiple times, her throat was slit and when she was dead, the mob torched her car. 

One Coptic outlet said that according to the health ministry, the young woman had been stabbed at least a dozen times. 

The death of Mary Sameh George received little coverage in Egyptian newspapers.


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Heavenly Father,
eternal rest grant unto Mary Sameh George
and let perpetual light shine upon her.
May her soul and all the souls of the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Lord, have mercy on those who took the life of Mary Sameh George.
May the life and witness of Mary Sameh George
bring those who murdered her to perfect contrition for their sins.
May her persecutors turn from violence
and embrace Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Prince of Peace,
Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,
One God forever and ever.
Amen.

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