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Pope Prays for Victims of Attacks on Egypt's Copts

Pope Prays for Victims of Attacks on Egypt's Copts
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By    |   Sunday, 31 December 2017 06:13 PM

Pope Francis prayed for the victims of Islamic State attacks on a Coptic Church and Christian business in Egypt as part of his traditional Sunday Angelus address, according to Crux.

"I express my closeness to the Coptic Orthodox brothers of Egypt, struck two days ago by two attacks on a church and a business on the outskirts of Cairo," Francis said. "May the Lord welcome the souls of the dead, sustain the injured, their families and the entire community, and convert the hearts of the violent."

Eleven people were killed in the two attacks.

Francis has made outreach to the country's Coptic Orthodox Church a major priority and visited Egypt last April, Crux reported.

Egyptian Christians have been a frequent target of Islamic terrorist attacks over the past year, with some 100 dead and scores injured.

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Pope Francis prayed for the victims of Islamic State attacks on a Coptic Church and Christian business in Egypt as part of his traditional Sunday Angelus address, according to Crux."I express my closeness to the Coptic Orthodox brothers of Egypt, struck two days ago by two...
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