Fire at Cairo Coptic church kills 41, including 15 children

By Samy Magdy — August 15, 2022
CAIRO (AP) — Witnesses said there were many children inside the four-story building, which had two day care facilities.

Cairo’s historic Ramadan cannon fires again

By Joseph Hammond — April 23, 2021
(RNS) — Now a familiar way to announce the end of the fast in the Arab world, the tradition is thought to have originated in the 15th century.

American University Cairo religion professor loses post in academic freedom fight

By Mina Nader — May 14, 2019
(RNS) CAIRO — The university's president withdrew the title awarded in a professor's contract after the professor refused a donor's demand that he advocate for Islam over other religions in his teaching and scholarship.

Coptic abbot’s murder points to strains over ecumenism in Egypt

By Mina Nader — September 7, 2018
(RNS) — Egypt's Coptic Orthodox community is reeling from the murder of the abbot of St. Macarius Monastery, apparently by traditionalists of his own faith, in a fourth-century center of meditation and scholarship near Cairo.

Fearing extremist violence, Egypt silences 20,000 storefront mosques

By Amr El Tohamy — May 25, 2018
CAIRO (RNS) — The Egyptian government has banned preaching at 20,000 mosques as a precautionary measure to prevent extremist violence during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Unrelenting killing of Coptic Christians intensifies debate over martyrdom

By guest — October 13, 2017
CAIRO (RNS) — 'We need to stop viewing this harassment toward us with pride and saying terrorism gives us a chance to play the same role our ancestors did like in those Sunday school stories about the torture of martyrs,' said Bassem Al-Janoubie, an Egyptian Coptic Christian.

Clerics offering religious edicts in Cairo metro stir debate

By Jerome Socolovsky — August 2, 2017
CAIRO (AP) — The booth in Cairo's al-Shohada subway station is part of a push to correct misconceptions and misinterpretations of religious texts seen as fostering Islamic militancy in the country.

At least 25 killed by blast near Cairo cathedral

By RNS staff — December 11, 2016
The blast took place as a Sunday Mass being held in the chapel was about to end and coincided with a national holiday in Egypt marking the birth of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad.

In Egypt, atheists considered a ‘dangerous development’

By Sarah Lynch — February 2, 2015
CAIRO (RNS) A government wing that issues religious edicts released a survey in December claiming Egypt was home to exactly 866 atheists -- a number deemed "a dangerous development."

Turkey plans to establish an Islamic university with a broader Muslim curriculum

By Michael Kaplan — December 23, 2014
ISTANBUL (RNS) Political unrest continues to sweep Egypt and Syria, once hubs for Islamic learning, and more students are turned off by Saudi Arabia’s more literalist interpretation of Islam. This gives Turkey an opening.

Vatican settles with Benetton over pope-kissing ad

By Alessandro Speciale — May 15, 2012

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican has settled a lawsuit with Benetton clothing group for using the image of Pope Benedict XVI kissing a Muslim imam in an ad campaign. By Alessandro Speciale.

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