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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Revolutions In Muslim World Open Door For Severe Persecution of Christians

(AINA) -- For the second time in as many days, Egyptian armed force stormed the 5th century old St. Bishoy monastery in Wadi el-Natroun, 110 kilometers from Cairo. Live ammunition was fired, wounding two monks and six Coptic monastery workers. Several sources confirmed the army's use of RPG ammunition. Four people have been arrested including three monks and a Coptic lawyer who was at the monastery investigating yesterday's army attack.

Monk Aksios Ava Bishoy told activist Nader Shoukry of Freecopts the armed forces stormed the main entrance gate to the monastery in the morning using five tanks, armored vehicles and a bulldozer to demolish the fence built by the monastery last month to protect themselves and the monastery from the lawlessness which prevailed in Egypt during the January 25 Uprising.

"When we tried to address them, the army fired live bullets, wounding Father Feltaows in the leg and Father Barnabas in the abdomen," said Monk Ava Bishoy. "Six Coptic workers in the monastery were also injured, some with serious injuries to the chest....

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Religious Makeup of Lebanon
THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: History will not smile on Christianity in the modern Western world when it records the genocide that is about to unfold in the Middle East. The greatest failure of Western Christianity, particularly among the Evangelical Protestants in the United States, is a fixation on the Secular nation of Israel, to the neglect of their own Christian brethren in the same region. Few Western Christians in America know that nearly half of Lebanon's population is Christian. The United States government sends untold millions of dollars to Israel, but not a dime to the Christians in Lebanon.  Since when has the United States government, or any Western government for that matter, done anything to help Christians in the Middle East and North Africa?  What of the people of the United States and Europe?  What of the churches?  In how many television specials have the so-called "Christian televangelists" championed the plight of our suffering brethren in that part of the world?  Sunday after Sunday we are inundated with Christian television chronicling the cause of Secular Israel but not a word about their own suffering brethren over there.  For the last forty years the United States could have been working with the indigenous Christians of North Africa and the Middle East, championing their rights and calling for greater religious freedom.  No, instead we championed the cause of Zionism and simultaneously propped up North African and Middle Eastern dictators who keep the Arabs in check so we can maintain a steady stream of oil supply. 

This Cross Was Seen At A Recent Anti-Mubarak Protest in Egypt
It is time for a change, but don't expect that to come from Washington D.C. or any other Western government.  The change must come from each one of us...

Do you call yourself a Christian?  Do you support the Biblical mandate to care for Christians in the Middle East, particularly those in Jerusalem?  (1 Corinthians 16:1-4)  If indeed you call yourself a Christian, and if you are worried about the events unfolding in the Muslim world today, than there is ONLY ONE thing to do.  Start making regular donations to CNEWA (Catholic Near East Welfare Association), which is dedicated to helping Christians in this part of the world and providing general humanitarian aid as well.  It's a force for good in the Arab world, that supports Christians living among a Muslim majority.

This is not about politics folks.  It's not about Arab vs. Israeli or Muslim vs. Jew.  This is about Christians!  And if you won't do your part to help them, than what does that say about your own Christian faith?  Click Here NOW To Help and share this article with your Christian friends and family (especially Evangelicals) today!

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The Catholic Knight would also like to call upon ALL his fellow Catholic bloggers to take up this crusade immediately to help raise awareness of this issue on the Internet. The time to act is NOW!!!


Anonymous said...

Dear Catholic Knight,

Thank you, Thank you, THANK YOU!!!!! this article is perhaps more important than anything you have written over the past twelve months!! Thank you!! for defending the persecuted, giving a voice to the voiceless, and fulfilling the duty of all Knights, to champion the vulnerable among our number and protect them from harm!

EVangelical Christians reading this, shame on you for not defending your brothers and sisters in the Middle East who have kept the flame of Christianity alive for two thousand years, a majority of this time under wretched conditions that we in the West have honestly never had to deal with.

I am a very new convert to Catholicism and have entered via the Marounite rite - may as well go straight to the source!

To not a small number of paritioners in my congregation alone, this type of persecution isn't just something to be taken in on the evening news, but a terrifying reality for those 'back home'.

In my RCIA class, (went to first one this Saturday past) we have Persian, Syrian, Lebanese, Jordanian, an Iraqi I think, and me - definitely possessing no Middle Eastern ancestory!! :-). Stop the Slaughter!!

Anonymous said...

I have evangelical friends who went with others to Russia, near areas where there were many Muslims. They only were there to convert Christians of the Catholic or Orthodox faith. They would never dare to approach Muslim areas. With what is happening in the US, Christians might be next in some type of persecution. I believe in Canada Christians may not preach anything that the government feels is not politically correct and can be arrested.

Are there any protestant churches, except for Anglican, in Muslim countries? When I hear of attacks against Christians it always seems to be either the Catholics or Orthodox.

scotju said...

I find it interesting that these Evangelical types are too chicken to evangelize the Muslims. Are they afraid to be martyr's for Christ's sake? Frankly, I see them as doing the Devil's work. They're going to Russia to covert good Christians away from the Apostlic Church. How is that going to help the Russian people in the coming fight against Islam? The Orthodox and Catholic Christians ought to chase these Protestant ninnies out of their land to prevent them from weaking and destroying the power of the ancient faith that can give the Russians the strenght they need to fight Islam.

Caroline said...

As a former evangelical, personally, this is one of your most important posts. I never knew the truth about this until coming home to the Catholic Church. Pastors and missionaries I have known were very focused on winning souls...especially anyone they could pull out of an orthodox faith and Israel. But no one liked to talk about the persecuted..If we didn't support Israel we were taught..our country and our church were doomed to judgement.
Thanks for the name of a Catholic organization to get involved with.

Anonymous said...

Dear Catholic Knight and readers,

Those evangelical denominations that are converting Orthodox and Catholic in the Middle East and Russia are doing nothing but sheep stealing!! they are falsely leading people to believe that they are not saved under Orthodox or Catholic Christianity and thereby scattering the flock!! YOU EVANGELICAL READERS, YOU ARE THE WOLVES IN SHEEPS CLOTHING THAT JESUS SPOKE OF WHILE ALL THE TIME YOU PREACH THAT IT IS WE CATHOLICS OR ORTHODOX THAT FIT THIS DESCRIPTION!! I have much to confess over when I make my first confession because I have been a member of two denominations that practiced this evil habit; thank God for his boundless mercy to pull me from such gross error and lead me lovingly to the Marounite way! Evangelicals, CATHOLICS AND ORTHODOX ARE SAVED!!!!!I REPEAT, THEY ARE SAVED!!!!DO NOT IMPOSE YOUR COLONIAL YOKE OVER THE NECKS OF THESE SONDS AND DAUGHTERS OF CHRIST WHO HAVE KEPT THE FLAME OF cHRISTIANITY ALIVE FOR TWO MILLENIA - AS AN INDIGENOUS FAITH OF THE MIDDLE EAST!!!!!!! These Evangelicals will go over to Israel and demonstrate etc on behalf of the Israelis while turning a blind eye to the Catholic or orthodox church down the street, perhaps only one hundred metres away, that is being defaced, its members harrangued or worse! the Australian Broadcasting Corporation ran a story on this very happening around a month ago and I was sickened!! The (American) Evangelical Christians taking part in the demonstration interviewed by the reporter didn't give a tinkers cuss for their brethren down the road; to them, said believers wren't even Christian at all and part of the problem, not the solution. Stop the rot, STOP THE SLAUGHTER!! and STOP PROFAINING THE CHRISTIAN FAITH!!

A very very very upset and mad Marounite!!

Warren said...

It is sad and frustrating to read the heart wrenching story of our Maronite brother regarding the misdeeds of the protestant sects. If only the protestants could realize the damage they are doing. Too often protestant missionaries will go into areas already evangelized at the cost of the blood of Catholic and Orthodox martyrs. The same sects misrepresent the Faith, spread half-truths and sow confusion. In India for example, the sects frequently offer cash and other material incentives to lure people away from the Church. We only need to note the news reports when the sects try the same tactics on muslims and hindus who then go on a rampage and intimidate, destroy property and kill faithful Catholics who run schools and hospitals that serve those same muslims and hindus who persecute us. The sects skulk away; Catholics remain to rebuild, buried our dead and forgive our persecutors.

I pray that God will send Michael, His mighty seraph, the defender of the Church, to protect the Catholic and Orthodox faithful in the Middle East from the wickedness and snares of the devil.