July 15, 2013

Egypt's Catholic leaders welcomed the military overthrow of the country's Islamist president and voiced confidence that Christians and Muslims can work together to build a "real" democracy.

"What has happened is absolutely not a military coup – our armed forces have responded to the desire of the people," said Father Hani Bakhoum Kiroulos, spokesman for the Catholic Coptic Church.

"Millions of people took to the streets because they were unable to live under such a regime.

They expressed their views and demanded freedom, and the military took action accordingly," he told Catholic News Service July 5.