By Medical News Now, May 13, 2019, 6:15:24pmBy Medical News OnlineThe gift of a priest can bring joy and blessings to all of us, especially in times of great need, a senior priest at a church in the northern Egyptian city of Giza said in an interview with medical news website MedNews Today.
The priest’s job is to care for the sick and needy, and is a source of much joy for many, he said.
The gift comes at a time of tremendous stress and turmoil in Egypt, which was once the cradle of Christianity and has long been considered one of the most prosperous societies in the world.
Its religious authorities have tightened control over religious life and forced millions of Egyptians to abandon their faith.
But some priests remain defiant, saying they are loyal to the state and the church, even if they don’t always feel welcomed.
This is a unique gift, he added.
In this respect, a priest’s gift may have to do with the country’s current crisis, which has brought the country to the brink of civil war.
It is the second time in two years that the country has seen a spike in violence, with about 70 people killed in violence over the past month, according to Egyptian media.
Some religious leaders and even President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi have condemned the violence, which is being fuelled by sectarian and Islamist groups, and has resulted in a massive exodus of Egyptian Christians from the country.