In telegram to Egypt’s president, Pope laments attack on Copts
May 29, 2017
Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, has sent a telegram of condolence in the Pope’s name to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi following an attack on Coptic Christian pilgrims in Minya.
The attack by masked gunmen killed at least 28 and injured at least 22.
“Deeply saddened to learn of the barbaric attack in central Egypt and of the tragic loss of life and injury caused by this senseless act of hatred, Pope Francis expresses his heartfelt solidarity with all those affected by this violent outrage,” Cardinal Parolin wrote on May 27, the day after the attack.
Mindful in a particular way of those children who have lost their lives, His Holiness commends the souls of the deceased to the mercy of the Almighty. He assures their grieving families and all who have been injured of his ardent prayers, and he pledges his continued intercession for peace and reconciliation throughout the nation.
- Il cordoglio del Santo Padre per le vittime dell’attentato terroristico a Minya (Egitto), 27.05.2017 (Holy See Press Office)
- Massacre of Copts on pilgrimage in Egypt (CWN, 5/29)
- 2017 Minya attack (Wikipedia)
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