+Peace and grace
Below is Pope Shenouda responding to the questions about what is happening in Egypt right now. Please keep praying for these people and for the situation, as things like this have the tendency to become extremely volatile.
“I have received numerous reports about girls who go to supermarkets and then are told you have gifts and you have won a contest so please come upstairs to receive themGÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Â¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Âªwe do not know what happens to them when they go upstairs. There is much talk being circulated, and I perceive that this issue will create a sectarian partition in the country. I urge that police officials take a decisive position because I am getting countless letters in regards to this issue.
And we should not say - bring us names or otherwise - we know that they could have taken them to any place - we don’t know where they are. The issue should not be taken with this triviality and carelessness. I say this, and I am aware of the gravity of the situation. We don’t want any more catastrophes to happen to us, what happened in the past is enough.
This should not be taken lightly.
We find also a number of youngsters who traveled to a certain region with them some Bibles and were arrested. They were imprisoned for 15 days by the district officials for mere reason of their possession of the BiblesGÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Â¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Âª
And these girls that are taken upstairs, we do not know what happens to them.
We are not going to keep silent about this at all!”