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Daily Prayer - Tuesday 26 June 2012

Makarios Bolous, the minister of St George’s Church in the village of Elminarab, Aswan province, Egypt, has been sentenced to six months in prison and fined 300 Egyptian pounds for building his church too high. The century-old building had been under renovation, and permission for the work had been granted by the governor of Aswan, but local Muslims objected and turned violent. The church was torched by a Muslim mob on 30 September 2011, and when thousands of Christians took to the streets in Cairo on 9 October to protest, they came under brutal attack by the security forces, Islamists and thugs. Continue to pray for all those who were injured or lost loved ones in the violence. Pray too that the minister’s conviction will be overturned and that he and his congregation will be allowed to worship in peace.

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