AFRICA/EGYPT - Muslims collect money to build a church in the Egyptian province of Al Manufiyya

Monday, 27 April 2015

Shibin El Kom (Agenzia Fides) - A Coptic church will rise thanks to monetary donations from Muslims in the Governorate of Al Manufiyya, located in the north of Cairo, in the region of the Nile Delta. This is reported by Coptic sources consulted by Agenzia Fides. The church is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, and the concrete solidarity manifested by Muslim believers is also considered as a result of the wave of emotion registered in the Country before the massacre of Copts in Libya committed by jihadists affiliated to the Islamic State (IS).
When Coptic Orthodox Bishop Benyamin opened the collection of donations intended for the church, the suggestion of some leading Muslim members in the area to offer a contribution, was taken seriously especially by young people and children.
Bishop Benyamin stressed that the initiative developed in the Governorate is a message addressed to the whole world.
Analysts and commentators have called for the recurrence of similar initiatives in other areas of the country.
The Governorate of Al Manufiyya is also known for being the birthplace of Egyptian Presidents Anwar Sadat (killed in 1981 in an attack attributed to the group of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad) and Hosni Mubarak, who was forced to resign due to the riots in February 2011. (GV) (Agenzia Fides 27/04/2015)