I hope this sad story about Pope Shenouda III’s passing, among other things, brings to the attention of some Westerner’s (many of whom are clueless about the matter) that Egypt was once a thriving Christian land and that her Desert Fathers were instrumental in building up the Church…before receving the sword and flame courtesy of the Muslim conquest, of course.
I often wonder why it is forgotten, or simply not talked about–because of PC or courtesy or just lack of knowledge–that the whole of ancient Africa, the Holy Land, and Anatolia was once the heartland of Christianity. For us Roman Catholics, where do you think we get all these titular dioceses from? This is no slight against modern Muslims, mind you, but I think it is a sad chapter indeed.
My heart also goes out to those Christians in Egypt right now who are looking to have a very difficult time ahead indeed. God Bless them.