So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Sunday, December 11, 2016

St. Mark's Coptic Cathedral, Cairo: bombed.

CAIRO - A bombing at Egypt’s main Coptic Christian cathedral killed 25 people and wounded another 35 on Sunday, in one of the deadliest attacks carried out against the religious minority in recent memory.

The attack came two days after a bomb elsewhere in Cairo killed six policemen, an assault claimed by a shadowy group that authorities say is linked to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. Islamic militants have targeted Christians in the past, including a New Year’s Day bombing at a church in Alexandria in 2011 that killed at least 21 people.

[...] Most of the victims are thought to be women and children.

“I found bodies, many of them women, lying on the pews. It was a horrible scene,” said cathedral worker Attiya Mahrous, who rushed to the chapel after he heard the blast. His clothes and hands were stained with blood and his hair matted with dust.

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“There were children. What have they done to deserve this?
Let us pray for the victims and their families, and let us pray for the swift apprehension of those who committed this atrocity.

Merciful Lord, console the afflicted, Thy people. Lord, through ways known only to Thee, bring those responsible for these crimes to contrition so they may accept just punishment. If they remain obstinate, bring them to confusion so that they may be exposed and brought to justice. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

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