Egyptian bishop murdered in a monastery

Fractured skull, investigation underway

30 July, 18:01

    CAIRO - Egypt's Bishop Epiphanius, Head of the Saint Macarius Monastery, was found dead on Sunday and was likely murdered. His body was found in the monastery he presided over in the Wadi Natroun area about 80 kilometers north of Cairo.
    There were multiple fractures on the back of his skull, which would seem to imply that he was murdered, according to a statement released by Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church that quoted Father Basilius, one of the priests living in the monastery. His funeral will be held on Tuesday at noon. Investigators and police were at the scene of the crime on Monday.
    Several Coptic monasteries are found on the highway from Cairo to Alexandria. The Copts account for about 10% of the population, about 10 million people, though official figures cite a slightly lower percentage. The last significant violent incident against the religious minority was on May 26, 2017, when a group of armed men opened fire on a convoy of Copts heading towards the Amba Samuel monastery on a southern desert road in Egypt. The attack killed 35 people including many children. 

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