23 August 2013
The World Council of Churches (WCC) Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit has expressed support for the interfaith calls to action for peace and security in Egypt. He encouraged religious leaders to work together to call for protection and to promote the sanctity of human lives and religious places.
Tveit appreciated a recent statement issued by Bayt al-‘a’ila
al-misriyya (The Egyptian Family Home) which appealed for the “security
measures to protect the churches, the mosques, the national and the religious
institutions as well as the sacred places.”
The Egyptian Family Home, an initiative of the Christian and Muslim leaders
in Egypt, created in 2011, collaborates with WCC member churches in Egypt,
including the Coptic Orthodox Church.
“Terrorism does not take into account the sanctity of religion,” notes the
statement, issued on 15 August.
The Egyptian Family Home also encouraged “efforts exerted by the civilians
either Muslims or Christians who are defending the churches in this crucial
period, setting a sincere example of the Egyptian patriotism against the
sectarian divisions and terrorism.”
Echoing the concerns raised in the statement, Tveit emphasized that “the
future of Egypt with justice and peace is only possible through the commitment
of all Egyptians.”
“Protection of all human life and sacred sites is a common responsibility of
both Christians and Muslims. The WCC supports and stands in solidarity with the
call for joint action and efforts for reconciliation and security by the
religious leaders in Egypt,” he added.
In recent events following the 14 August demonstrations, hundreds of people
have been in killed, while several churches and mosques were burnt down in Cairo
Statement from the Egyptian Family
WCC invokes prayers for peace in Egypt (WCC news
release of 15 August 2013)
WCC member churches in Egypt