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Egypt: Repelled monk accused of killing Coptic bishop



  Hanging Coptic Church in ancient Cairo, Egypt

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Egypt's Christian minority is mostly a member of the Coptic Orthodox Church

Egyptian prosecutors have indicted an unattached monk for murdering a Coptic Christian bishop in a desert monastery.

Bishop Epiphanius, 64, was found dead in a pool of blood in the monastery of Saint Macarius in northern Wadi Natroun. west of Cairo, on July 29th.

Wael Saad, who had been a monk at the monastery, reportedly told the prosecutor that he had used an iron rod to beat the bishop to death.

The possible motive is not yet clear.

The murder of Bishop Epiphanius shocked the Coptic Church, whose followers make up about 1

0% of the Egyptian population.

Wael Saad, who was known as a monk as Isaiah al-Makari, was robbed of his religious title after the bishop's death.

The church first He said he had been found out for years of violating his duties.

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Alexandria prosecutors say he was summoned on Friday After the Bishop's death, the Coptic Church cracked down on the clergy's behavior and prevented the recruitment of new monks for a year.

Monks were instructed to close their social media Accounts and cop Tic-Orthodox Pope Tawadros II has also closed his official Facebook page.

Correspondents say that the measures suggest dissidents within the Coptic church who could be linked to the assassination of the bishop. The church did not comment.


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