Staff (Dec 16, 2016)
It was one of the deadliest attacks in recent memory to target
Egypt's Coptic minority, which makes up around 10 percent of the
News] A Coptic leader says Christians in Egypt have forgiven those
responsible for the deadly suicide bombing Sunday at St. Peter and St. Paul's
Church in Cairo, which killed 24 church-goers and injured 49 others. (Photo
Credit: Reuters/Mohamed Abd El Ghany)
Bishop Anba Angaelos told The Christian Post, "We are praying that there is
healing in the community. We are ready to and we already have forgiven people
for doing this because at the end of the day, a lack of forgiveness harms us
more than anyone else."
The Egyptian government says 22-year-old Mahmoud Shafiq Mohammed Mustafa
detonated a 25 pound explosive device inside the church, killing mostly women
It was one of the deadliest attacks in recent memory to target Egypt's Coptic
minority, which makes up around 10 percent of the population.
Bishop Angaelos said the Coptic Christian community will not respond with
vengeance: "Historically in Egypt, after every one of these attacks or similar
attacks, of course there has been anger and public outcry, but there hasn't been
retaliation or revenge."
"That is one thing that we are very thankful for."