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Coptic Catholic patriarch mourns demonstrators, expresses confidence in regime

Catholic World News - October 18, 2011

The head of the Coptic Catholic Church has paid tribute to the dozens of Coptic Christians recently slain by security forces during a peaceful protest.

“With wounded hearts, we…express our deep sorrow for the bloody events suffered by honest and sincere children of the nation,” said Patriarch Antonios I Naguib. “They wanted to contribute to the country’s democratic process with peaceful demonstrations like hundreds of other citizen groups.”

“While condemning again all acts of violence, we call on officials to… provide security and safety and uphold the law’s supremacy and ensure the objectivity of the media,” he added. “We have full confidence that the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, the government and the judiciary are able to lead the country to stability and security, ensuring the well-being and dignity of all its citizens.”

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  • Posted by: Don Vicente - Oct. 18, 2011 5:16 PM ET USA

    This is so pathetic: The Patriarch is kissing the hand that is beating his flock. Given the situation, maybe he can do nothing else, but it is still, literally, pathetic.

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