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Editorial supervisor, Dr. Helmy Guirguis
 
Dr. Helmy Guirguis 71, the president of the UK Copts, passed away on the 31 of January, 2015 after a struggle with illness. UK Copts mourns its founder and leader. He is a leader that touched so many by his life and has been fighting for the coptic case till his last breath. The commemoration mass for his 40th day will be held on Sunday 15th of March, 2014 starting 8 AM in Saint Mary and Saint Mark Coptic Orthodox Centre of Birmingham (Lapworth) .For commiserations, please send us an email to info@copts.co.uk

ACN calls on MEPs to stand up for oppressed faiths

Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)’s Religious Freedom in the World Report 2014 has been presented to the European Parliament in Brussels, amid calls for politicians to do more to protect oppressed Christians around the globe.

The report’s chairman, Peter Sefton-Williams, urged policymakers “to call on religious leaders to speak together against religiously-inspired violence.”

As well as giving the key-note speech for this two-day seminar, hosted by the European People’s Party, ACN arranged for four witnesses to take part in the event.

Bishop Stephen Dami Mamza of Yola, Nigeria, Sister Hanan Youssef of Lebanon, Mrs Dina Raouf Khalil of Egypt and Dr Paul Bhatti of Pakistan each described their own experiences of
persecution.

Bishop Mamza’s diocese supplies food for 60,000 refugees in eastern Nigeria and gives shelter to 10,000 victims of terrorist aggression. He said: “Boko Haram is only looking for power.

They say it is like ancient Islam but even local imams say Islam has never been such a heartless religion.”

Pakistan’s Dr Paul Bhatti added: “The Taliban inspires the hate speech of many imams in Pakistan, Afghanistan and India and the lack of education makes it difficult to protect the young from this kind of fundamentalism.”

The speakers highlighted the fact that religious persecution is generating unprecedented waves of migration and required strong political action to combat it.
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http://www.thecatholicuniverse.com/acn-urges-meps-stand-oppressed-faiths-5350

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U.S. International Religious Freedom Report for 2013 – Egypt

Respect for religious freedom remained poor during the year under both former President Mohamed Morsy’s administration and the current interim government. On July 3, Mohamed Morsy was removed and Adly Mansour was named interim president.

FCO Annual Human Rights and Democracy Report 2013

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