Egypt’s Churches unite to defend themselves10 July 2012
Egyptian Churches are forming a council representing all denominations to create a strong, unified voice to fight for the rights of the nation's Christians. Many Christians fear an Islamist-headed government will try to restrict their social freedoms, and that discrimination against Christians will continue to worsen.
The exact make-up of the church council is still under discussion but founding members say its presidency will rotate between Churches. The vast majority of Egypt's 10 million Christians belong to the Coptic Orthodox Church, but the country has significant Catholic and Evangelical communities, and inter-Church relations are marked by frequent disagreements.
"When we have one voice for all Christians then it will be heard," Bishop Kyrillos William, assistant to the Patriarch of the Coptic Catholic Church, told The Tablet.
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