Comboni Missionaries in Egypt Safe So Far

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Comboni Missionaries in Egypt face the dangers to foreigners in the country as Egyptians call for the ousting of Hosni Mubarak

Suddenly Egypt has become the focus of concern for the global community. As millions in that country join in a unified demand for the ousting of President Hosni Mubarak and underscore that demand with demonstrations, arson, looting, and constant chanting, the danger to those foreigners living in Egypt is an undeniable reality.

The 85 Comboni missionaries serving in the country (including one Comboni bishop) are no exception. Their greatest desire is to remain with the Egyptian people they serve, Muslim and Christian alike. So far they have been able to do this, they have explained in correspondences to their General in Rome, Father Enrique Sanchez.

Comboni Father Paul Annis in Cairo writes in the first days of the uprising: "Traffic police and national security forces have disappeared, giving way to looting and attacks on domestic buildings. Sunday (Jan. 30) started peacefully, but after Mass the quiet of downtown Cairo disappeared with a build-up of noisy demonstrators. Volunteers and neighborhood watches began a protection vigil against looters wanting to ransack shops and malls. Young Comboni priests in Zamalek, Aswan and Helwan are in a constant state of vigilance against mobs and escaped convicts."

Fr. Paul continues: "We have arranged a meeting of all the superiors of Comboni communities to devise a common strategy on how to live this period of national crisis … Hopefully, nothing will prevent us from getting together. Before it was 101 days of prayer for Sudan; now please remember Egypt."

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Father Ruffino Ezama
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