CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 17 June 2017

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Churches only safe for foreigners

CAIRO (SE): Christians in Egypt are being advised to stay away from churches and monasteries in order to protect themselves.
 
The minister for the Interior, Magdi Abdel Ghaffar, said on June 8 the government has put high security in place to protect the civilian population, but churches and monasteries are regarded as high risk areas and prime targets of terrorists.
 
Ghaffar was reported as saying that churches and monasteries will be at the centre of security measures in coordination with local communities and ecclesial authorities, but travelling to them is still dangerous.
 
He added that as part of the state of emergency he is urging people to reduce visits to churches and monasteries, a recommendation that Fides says contradicts recent appeals by Egyptian tourism policy makers aimed at promoting the country as a destination for pilgrimages.
 
Pilgrims from across the world are being invited to come and walk in the footsteps of the Holy Family during their escape into Egypt to protect the child Jesus from the marauding hands of the tetrarch, Herod.

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