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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Attack on St. Catherine Monastery tops coverage of Egypt in the foreign press

Last night’s attack on St. Catherine Monastery in South Sinai topped coverageof Egypt in the foreign press this morning, with most outlets running reports from the Associated Press and Reuters. Both outlets note the timing of the attack, coming a little over a week after the Palm Sunday bombings and ten days before Pope Francis’ visit. Look forward to coverage in the days ahead about the state’s ability to protect Christians.

But why wait until tomorrow? Cecilia Attias is sounding the alarm that Christianity in the Middle East is under threat of being wiped out by ISIS in a facile and regurgitated op-ed for the Hill. It even goes so far as to invoke the Rwanda genocide.

Coming in at a close second in the competition for ‘mindshare’ was the discovery of morethan 1,000 tombs and sarcophagi with most reports, including the Sunday Times, noting how this and the plenty of other archeological gems discovered recently will help the revive the tourism sector.

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