Description: Coptic Christians must turn to their centuries-long history of overcoming obstacles as they seek to maintain their identity while fleeing violence amid Egyptian upheaval, scholars said at a recent event. "Yes it's a story of decline, but also of survival; yes it's a story of decay, but it's one of endurance as well," said Samuel Tadros, author of the recent book, "Motherland Lost: The Egyptian and Coptic Quest for Modernity."Tadros, a native of Egypt, spoke on the history of Copts in Egypt at an Aug. 22 event in Washington, D.C. and joins us here today.
Author , "Motherland Lost: The Egyptian and Coptic Quest for Modernity"
What Are Church Leaders From the Pope to Nuns on the Ground Saying About Possible International Intervention in Syria?
Description: Pope Francis has renewed his call for peace in Syria, urging international leaders to “find a solution to a war that sows destruction and death.” The secretary of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace said that “the conflict in Syria has all the ingredients to explode into a war of global dimensions.” The Patriarch of the Maronite Catholic Church and the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch emphasized in a joint statement that they are “opposed to any foreign armed intervention in Syria.” Also Pope Francis has called upon all the faithful worldwide to join in a day of prayer and fasting of September 7 for peace in the Middle East, and especially in Syria. We talk with Matthew Bunson about what the Universal Church is saying about military intervention in Syria.
Editor , The Catholic Almanac and The Catholic Answer magazine