In February 2015, a group of Coptic Christians were decapitated on the beaches of Sirte (Libya) by Islamic State terrorists. The act received widespread public backlash and warned of the dangers of fundamentalism.
The 20 Christian prisoners died with the name of Jesus on their lips, praying and not renouncing their faith. They were joined by a Muslim, Matthew Ayariga of Ghana, who was captured with them and could have saved himself, but instead told the killers, “Their God is my God.”
In the last few days, the remains of these Christians returned home from Libya on a flight to Cairo, Egypt. The bodies had been found in a mass grave last October and will now rest in their homeland.