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Pope Shenouda: Al Qaeda warnings 'evil turned into good by God'.

Coptic Patriarch Pope Shenouda III said that he considered the warnings that were given by al Qaeda in Iraq against Christians in Egypt as "evil turned into good by God," reported pan-Arab daily AL HAYAT on Friday. He said that the al Qaeda threats against the Cops had inadvertently been turned to good by creating sympathy for his church. In his weekly address, he said that some of the effects of this crisis have been positive in that as a result many writers, journalists, and security men have been brought to the church. Last week a church in Baghdad was seized by al Qaeda affiliated fighters who demanded, among other things, the release of two alleged female converts to Islam that they said were being held by the Coptic Church. The fighters claimed the women were being held against their will whereas the church denied that they had converted. In the rescue attempt to release, the estimated 150 hostages held by the fighters 52 people were killed. (See MER 1/11/10). Copts represent an estimated 10 percent of Egypt's 80 million population. The minority has long complained of being underrepresented in government and they have sometimes been the target of sectarian attack.
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Publication:The Weekly Middle East Reporter (Beirut, Lebanon)
Geographic Code:7IRAQ
Date:Nov 6, 2010
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