Archbishop Sidrak Reflects on Egypt’s Progress: From Christian Persecution to Relative Safety Amidst Challenges

Archbishop Sidrak Reflects on Egypt’s Progress: From Christian Persecution to Relative Safety Amidst Challenges

Back in 2012 and 2013, when they wielded significant power, it was incredibly risky for Christians to venture alone in the streets.

Churches faced threats, with hundreds being burned down during that period.

However, Archbishop Sidrak notes a shift towards relative safety today.

While there are still fanatics and terrorists present, their activities are now more controlled.

According to ACN, which monitors global religious persecution, there are troubling signs of ongoing persecution against Christians in Egypt.

They often fall victim to attacks and discrimination under the law, lacking the same rights as their Muslim counterparts.

Despite these challenges, Archbishop Sidrak highlights some positive aspects.

He acknowledges the difficulties, particularly the high rate of youth unemployment.

The country faces significant demographic growth, with two million Egyptians born annually, outpacing job opportunities and leading to widespread frustration among the youth.

Impact of Migration and Social Role of the Church

Egypt also sees an influx of migrants fleeing war-torn countries, including Syrians and Sudanese seeking refuge.

In response, the Coptic Catholic Church has not only opened its doors to migrants but also expanded its social initiatives, focusing on education and healthcare.

Unity Amid Diversity

In a surprising twist, many Muslim families now choose to enroll their children in Catholic schools.

This decision not only aids in educating the populace but also fosters unity across religious divides, as noted by Archbishop Sidrak.

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