Suffering Prescribed

Suffering will strengthen Egypt’s Christians, Pope assures Coptic leader


For the embattled Christians of Egypt, “the sharing of daily suffering can become an effective instrument of unity,” Pope Francis said on May 10, as he met with Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II.

The Pope praised the leader of Egypt’s largest Christian body for establishing a National Council of Christian Churches, as a means of strengthening ties among the members of the country’s religious minority. Pope Francis said that it is a “law of Christian life” that sharing in trials will strengthen the Church. “If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together,” he said.

Good luck with that. I’m afraid there won’t be much rejoicing anytime soon.

Moses Maimonides, the Rambam, already found himself in the same predicament 900 years ago:

“…. the more we suffer and choose to conciliate them, the more they choose to act belligerently toward us. —Maimonides, Epistle to the Jews of Yemen (1172)

In other news:

Crucified Again:

The Islamic Jihad on Christians Exposed » by Jamie Glatzov

Wherever there are sizable Muslim populations living side-by-side with Christians, the latter are under attack.

Dr. Wagdi Gonium, a popular cleric in Egypt, mocked the nation’s Christian Copts when, after threatening them with genocide, he said: “What do you think—that America will protect you? Let’s be very clear, America will not protect you. If so, it would have protected the Christians of Iraq when they were being butchered!”