A Coptic Orthodox church destroyed by Muslim Brotherhood sympathizers in August 2013 has been rebuilt by the Egyptian army.
St Theodore’s church in the Upper Egypt city of Minya was destroyed by Islamist extremists after the Muslim Brotherhood leader, Mohamed Morsi, was deposed from the Egyptian Presidency. In retaliation for their downfall the Muslim Brotherhood attacked and torched over 100 churches, homes and businesses owned by Christians, whom they held partly responsible for the overthrow.
The church officially reopened on 14 November when the army handed over the building to the Coptic Orthodox Church. Pope Tawadros II is to consecrate St Theodore’s at a later date.