On 12 October, an attacker armed with a machete killed Coptic Orthodox priest Samaan Shehata (45) on the outskirts of Cairo.
Michael from Egypt challenged delegates at Church in Chains’ Annual Conference to “Pray for the Christians of Egypt and the Middle East to shine for Jesus.”
The Coptic Orthodox church of St Mary and St Michael in the Minya village of al-Furn reopened on Sunday 10 September.
A Coptic woman was attacked and stabbed multiple times after attending a church service in Alexandria on 21 August.
On 13 August, the Bishop-General of Minya issued a statement protesting that churches closed by security order are not being permitted to reopen.
Police in the village of al-Furn in Minya governorate have barred local Copts from entering their church premises.
Egyptian churches have temporarily cancelled all summer activities apart from church services following an Interior Ministry warning of Islamist attacks.
A young Copt from a Cairo suburb is the latest Christian woman to go missing in Egypt.
Egyptian Christians are mourning the 30 Copts killed in the bus attack on pilgrims travelling to Ascension Day services at St Samuel Monastery in Minya, southern Egypt, on 26 May. Around 25 others were injured.
Armed militants attacked a convoy of three buses carrying Coptic Christian pilgrims to a monastery in Minya province, killing at least 28 Christians