Only ten percent of Egypt's population are Christian, most of them being Coptic Christians, one of the most ancient branches of the Church and one of the most venerable, tradition-rich families in the Christian Eastern tradition. The churches of Egypt, Eritrea and Ethiopia are as ancient as the Christian faith itself – these communities trace their foundation to the St. Mark the Evangelist and his disciples. While rich in heritage, these churches, particularly in Eritrea and Ethiopia, are very poor. All are persecuted. Helping them has been a priority for the Catholic Near East Welfare Association) CNEWA over the last two decades. Indeed now, with the plight of the Iraqi Catholic dispora in the wake of the war and occupation of their land, CNEWA needs new donors more than ever.
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New York Times 02 August 08 QUOTE CAIRO — A monastery was ransacked in January. In May, monks there were kidnapped, whipped and beaten and ordered to spit on the cross. Christian-owned jewelry stores were robbed over the summer. The rash of violence was so bad that one prominent Egyptian writer worried it had become “open season” on the nation’s Christians. UNQUOTE