Friday, April 28, 2017
Headlines from the New York Times for Friday, April 28, 2017
A Hidden Church in Cairo Pins Its Hopes on Good Will From the Pope’s Visit – To hear the Coptic Catholic priest tell it, building a church in Cairo requires far more than bricks and mortar. He listed the other requirements: the patience of Job, the wiles of a fox and the quiet determination to pole-vault Egypt’s discriminatory regulations.
“Not easy,” said the priest, Youhanna Saad, with a wry smile as he bounced his 5-year-old daughter on his knee. “The regulations were not fair. It made us cheat.”
For the past decade, his small Coptic Catholic congregation in a gritty north Cairo suburb has been trying to build a new church in the teeth of official resistance — a common tale in Egypt, where the law panders to old prejudices. But Father Saad, a former schoolteacher, is almost there.
64.2 Readings from Isaiah 49.14-16 for Friday, April 28, 2017
It is natural for people, who are in the midst of intense suffering, to feel forsaken by God. In the face of horrific anguish God declares that he has not forgotten. He holds suffering people dear to his heart. In justice and compassion he will act on their behalf.
Isaiah 49.14-16 – But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me, my Lord has forgotten me.” Can a woman forget her nursing child, or show no compassion for the child of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you. See, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands.
Prayers for Friday, April 28, 2017
Dear God, we pray for Pope Francis’ upcoming visit Egypt. Please use his visit to further your peace, joy and abundant life.