Egypt, we continue to pray

After the massacre of pilgrims in Egypt, churches remain open. People continue to pray. This is revealed by some sources of the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate.

Last Friday, seven Coptic pilgrims were killed by a squad of jihadist terrorists as they returned from a visit to the monastery of Anba Samuel, in the governorate of Minya. After this horrible attack, militant initials from the Coptic Christian world launched a campaign on social media to ask for the suspension of the liturgical celebrations in November. Sources of the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate stressed that according to the Christian faith, the martyrs were killed in odium fidei and are welcomed into Paradise by the Lord. They must be celebrated with affection and gratitude. For this reason the Church will continue to pray and celebrate the mysteries of faith in the liturgy, also remembering the new martyrs, precisely to remain faithful to her mission. The traditional sequence of liturgical celebrations and moments of prayer in the individual Coptic churches in Egypt will therefore not be suspended or modified for any reason.

The Copts killed by the terrorist ambush of Friday, November 2 were pilgrims from Sohag returning from a pilgrimage to the monastery of Anba Samuel the Confessor, about 220 kilometers southeast of Cairo. The massacre was claimed by a jihadist group affiliated to the Daesh.

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