Egypt’s pope sharply criticizes president

FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013 file photo, Egypt's Coptic Christian Pope, Tawadros II speaks to The Associated Press in the province of Assiut, Egypt. Christians angered by the killing of four Christians in weekend sectarian violence clashed Sunday after a funeral with a mob throwing rocks and firebombs, killing at least one person and turning Cairo's main Coptic cathedral into a battleground. Tawadros who was not in the cathedral, his headquarters, during the funeral and the violence that followed, called for calm as the specter of sectarian violence threatened to spread to the rest of the country. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra, File)CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's Coptic Christian pope delivered an unprecedented direct criticism of the Islamist president Tuesday after a mob attack on the church's main cathedral, saying he had failed to protect the building and warning that the country is collapsing.


Egypt: Christian arrested on molesting charge

ASSIUT, Egypt (AP) — An official says a Coptic Christian has been arrested on charges of molesting a neighbor child, adding to sectarian tensions in Egypt’s south. The arrest came after Muslims set fire to the Copt’s house.