Catholic social programs foster Christian-Muslim understanding in Egypt

Amr Abdallah, Reuters | Catholic News Service
AL-MUKHALFA, Egypt -- On a recent summer evening, the local representative of Egypt's ruling Muslim Brotherhood party paid a visit to the almost entirely Coptic Catholic village of Al-Mukhalfa, known as "Little Rome" deep in Egypt's south. "When you are threatened, we are threatened," party representative Yusuf Sherif told an audience of about 80 people who were crowded into the small courtyard of St. George Coptic Catholic Church. A quarter of them were teenage girls from the church choir, on standby to sing.

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