I started getting "friend requests" from Egyptian Christians, mostly Coptic Orthodox, a few years ago. Sr Rose e-mailed me, "What's with all the Egyptian friends on Facebook?" My answer was, "If you were a Christian in a country where you're always at some kind of risk for your faith, wouldn't you want to have some sort of connection with the rest of the Christian world?" So now Sr Rose, too, has a good number of Egyptian Facebook friends. Sometimes you will see wall posts in Arabic with a picture of the Virgin Mary. That's from them.
Well, the wall post today was quite different:
The icon (left) is his profile picture, representing the persecution of Christians in this country which has had a Christian presence since, well, Apollos. On his profile page, he included a news clipping in Arabic:
واهتمت صحيفة "المصري اليوم" بتغطية وقوع مناوشات كلامية بين أعضاء سلفيين من جبهة الرقابة الثورية ومتظاهرى ميدان التحرير حول من يعتلى منصة الميدان عقب صلاة الجمعة، أمس.
حيث بدأت مجموعة من السلفيين مظاهرة صغيرة لا تتجاوز ٣٠٠ شخص، تندد بوجود السائحين فى الميدان قائلين «السياح كفار»، وتجاوب معهم عدد من الحضور بالقول: «إسلامية إسلامية».
Out of curiosity, I ran the post through Google Translate:
"a verbal skirmish between members of the Salafi group of the Revolutionary Front control and demonstrators Tahrir Square on the platform of ascend the field after Friday prayers yesterday*.
Where a group of Salafis a small demonstration of not more than 300 people, denouncing the presence of tourists in the field, saying, «Kfar tourists», and responded with a number of the audience, saying: «Islamic Islamic». "
nothing is helping and christians power became very less than before in the new government nobody can feel us and Nobody can hear us
and the whole middle east is getting Radical Islamic and they want to through out of our Land or to live under horrible religious rules which is not our religion
Pray for us we are suffering church yess we are the church of saint markus which is the first church of alexandria but we are suffering
*The item was posted eight hours ago.