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8 May 5, 2017 THE U.P. CATHOLIC WORLD NEWS www.upcatholic.org Celebrating our 50th Year!" COOPER OFFICE EQUIPMENT Full Copier Line From Tabletop To Networkable Digital Laser Systems (906) 228-6929 Phone 800-432-7682 Fax 800-908-8542 Purchase & Lease Options Authorized KONICA Printers-Copiers Dealer Your First Communion & Confirmation Headquarters 1304 Ludington Street 317 N. Lincoln Road Escanaba (906) 786-1524 Westwood Mall Marquette (906) 228-5588 Rosaries + Bibles Prayer Books Statues + Bracelets Sports Medals/Chains 1st Communion Sets Since 1906 Cabin on the lake, Gwinn, MI 3 Bedroom, 2 full baths & Sauna. Call 906-226-8079 for weekly rates or judithwebb@charter.net http://webpages.charter.net/webbcamp/WebbCamp.htm Job Posting For Full-time Elementary Teachers St. Mary's Catholic School, in Sault Ste. Marie, MI is accepting applications for full-time Elementary Teachers for the 2017-2018 school year. Applicants must be certified in the State of Michigan or be in the process of obtaining certification. Formoreinformationcontacttheschoolice at 906-635-6141 or send letter of interest and resume to hyanni@eupschools.org. An employment application may be found on the school's website: stmarysup.org. (CNA/EWTN News) - Gunmen attacked a police checkpoint near an historic Orthodox Christian monastery in Egypt, killing one and wounding four. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility, the Associat- ed Press reports. St. Catherine Monastery, located in a remote desert and mountain- ous area of the South Sinai gover- norate, was built in the sixth centu- ry at the foot of Mount Sinai. It is a UNESCO world heritage site and a popular destination for tourists and visitors to the Red Sea. Militants ascended onto an ele- vated hilltop overlooking the police checkpoint several hundred meters outside the monastery. Then they opened fire. Some of the gunmen were wounded when po- lice returned fire, Egypt's Interior Ministry said. The northern Sinai region is under a state of emergency, with near-daily Islamic State militant attacks on police and security forces. The militants are attacking other parts of Egypt and their tactics are believed likely to inflame sectarian tensions and embarrass President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. The Islamic State group has vowed more attacks against Christians in Egypt, the Associ- ated Press says. Pope Francis will visit the country next week. The attacks have increased fears about security ahead of the visit. Suicide bombers attacked two Egyptian churches on Palm Sunday, killing more than 40 people. The Sinai-based Islamic State affiliate claimed credits for the attacks. In response, President el-Sissi declared a three-month state of emergency and deployed armed forces to help guard important installa- tions and churches across Egypt. DANIEL KAKIUTHI PHOTO St. Catherine Monastery in Egypt is the site of an attack claimed by the Islamic State. Fears rise in Egypt after ISIS attack near ancient Orthodox monastery Ahead of trip, Pope Francis sends message of joy to Egypt (CNA/EWTN News) - Prior to his trip to Cai- ro, Egypt that began on April 28, Pope Francis expressed his joy in a video message, saying he hoped to bring peace and friendship to all Egyptian citizens. I am truly happy to come as a friend, as a messenger of peace and as a pilgrim to the country that gave, more than two thousand years ago, refuge and hospitality to the Holy Family fleeing from the threats of King Herod, the pope said in an April 25 video message. I hope that this visit will be an embrace of consolation and of encouragement to all Chris- tians in the Middle East; a message of friend- ship and esteem to all inhabitants of Egypt and the region. Coptic Christians make up the majority of Egypt's Christian community, but suicide bombings, kidnappings, and other violent at- tacks from the Islamic State have affected both Christians and Muslims. Despite the recent violence, the Holy Father remained resolute to visit Egypt. Prior to the visit, the general minis- ter of the Franciscan Community acknowledged the dangers and said Pope Francis was very informed of the issues occurring in Egypt. Our world, torn by blind violence, which has also afflicted the heart of your dear land needs peace, love and mercy; it needs work- ers for peace, free and liberating people, cou- rageous people able to learn from the past to build a future without closing themselves up in prejudices, Pope Francis said. The Pope hoped to bring a message of frater- nity and reconciliation to all children of Abra- ham, particularly in the Islamic world, in which Egypt occupies a primary position. Pope Francis itinerary included giving an ad- dress for an international conference of peace at Cairo's Al-Azhar University, an esteemed Muslim institute; speaking with the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Ahmed el-Tayyeb, who is considered by some to be head of the Sunni Muslim branch of thought; and meeting with state officials and Patriarch Tawadros II of Al- exandria, head of the Coptic Orthodox Church.

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