Bishops Prayer request from Egypt

I’ve blogged before regarding the situation in Egypt and the impact the continuing unrest is having upon the Christian community there.

Once again The Most Rev. Mouneer Anis of the Episcopal Diocese of Egypt and North Africa has written requesting the wider church pray for them and their country. His full letter can be found on the diocesan website, but I include a portion below:

People gathered yesterday (Friday) at Tahrir Square and other places and cities in protest. They called it the ‘Friday of Anger.’ At the same time, Islamists sur- rounded the Presidential Palace in support of the President. Some clashes happened between the two groups. It is sad to see this division between the Egyptian people. There are people who continue to demonstrate and a major demonstration is planned for Tuesday.

A few days ago, the churches in Egypt alongside some liberal parties, withdrew their representa- tives in the committee responsible for writing the new constitution. This was an act of protest, be- cause the majority of the committee are Islamists who want to impose their own views in the con- stitution. As we dream for real democracy, it was my hope, with many other Egyptians, to have a constitution that is inclusive of all Egyptians. It is very sad because it is now almost two years since the start of the revolution, and we are still longing for stability, democracy, and the opportunity to rebuild Egypt.