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Egypt: Egyptian Copts celebrate Christmas amid tight security in wake of attacks03:40

Egypt: Egyptian Copts celebrate Christmas amid tight security in wake of attacks

Egypt, Cairo
January 6, 2018 at 22:37 GMT -00:00 · Published

Egyptian Copts celebrated Christmas mass in Cairo's Saint Mina Church on Saturday amid heightened security, less than 10 days after a terrorist attack which killed 11 there.

The Saint Mina Church was teeming with worshippers, who had to enter the building through a security gate. "We are saying to terrorism that we are not afraid," a church scout officer said.

The same evening, Coptic Pope Tawadros II led the service at the new Nativity of Christ Cathedral, reportedly the largest in the Middle East. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and senior state officials reportedly attended the Mass.

In March, 43 people were killed in bombings on Coptic churches in both Alexandria and Tanta during Palm Sunday and 28 were killed in April in a shootout on a bus travelling to a Coptic Monastery.

Egypt: Egyptian Copts celebrate Christmas amid tight security in wake of attacks03:40
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Egyptian Copts celebrated Christmas mass in Cairo's Saint Mina Church on Saturday amid heightened security, less than 10 days after a terrorist attack which killed 11 there.

The Saint Mina Church was teeming with worshippers, who had to enter the building through a security gate. "We are saying to terrorism that we are not afraid," a church scout officer said.

The same evening, Coptic Pope Tawadros II led the service at the new Nativity of Christ Cathedral, reportedly the largest in the Middle East. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and senior state officials reportedly attended the Mass.

In March, 43 people were killed in bombings on Coptic churches in both Alexandria and Tanta during Palm Sunday and 28 were killed in April in a shootout on a bus travelling to a Coptic Monastery.

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