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Palm Sunday Bombings Rock Two Egyptian Churches


CHRIS MITCHELL

Source:
CBN News
Type:
Media/Opinion
Date:
4/9/2017

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ABSTRACTPalm Sunday Bombings Rock Two Egyptian Churches | CBN News Skip to main content X Video US World Israel Health Shows All Shows Jerusalem Dateline Christian World News Newswatch The Brody File Digital Download Mundo Cristiano Politics Entertainment Finance Blogs All Blogs Jerusalem Dateline The Brody File Studio 5 The Link! Money Wise Beltway Buzz Global Lane Healthy Living Hurd on the Web More Blogs Entertainment Finance Politics Shows Main menu CBN.com The 700 Club News Christian Living CBN Radio Watch CBN Superbook CBN Ministries Give CBN.com Sign In Free Subscription Follow CBN News Newswatch Christian World News Studio 5 The Brody File Jerusalem Dateline Mundo Cristiano All Shows Video US World Israel Health Shows All Shows Jerusalem Dateline Christian World News Newswatch The Brody File Digital Download Mundo Cristiano Politics Entertainment Finance Blogs All Blogs Jerusalem Dateline The Brody File Studio 5 The Link! Money Wise Beltway Buzz Global Lane Healthy Living Hurd on the Web More Blogs Entertainment Finance Politics Shows Displaying 30+ Stories Homepage Israel News CBNNews.com Breaking News Palm Sunday Bombings Rock Two Egyptian Churches 04-09-2017 Chris Mitchell 5391450742001 DF_EgyptBombing_HD1080_0_37.867 5391488757001 The Power of the Cross Will Triumph Over Evil On Sunday morning Coptic Christians gathered at St. Mary's Church in Tanta, Egypt, to celebrate Palm Sunday, one of the holiest days of the year for Christians. During their worship service, a terrorist bomb ripped through the church, killing at least 27 and wounding more than 70. A few hours later, a car blew up outside St. Mark's Cathedral in Alexandria killing at least 16 and wounding 41. ISIS has claimed responsbility for the attacks. Pope Tawadros II had just finished services and was inside the cathedral, but his aides confirm that he escaped unharmed. A high-ranking Egyptian police officer intercepted the bomber outside the cathedral and prevented him from entering the building. He died in the blast. There are concerns that Pope Tawdros, leader of one the world's oldest Christian communities, was the target of the attack. CBN News producer Steve Little talks with Middle East Bureau Chief Chris Mitchell about why ISIS is targeting Egypt's churches and how Christians there are responding. World Leaders Respond Pope Francis, who is scheduled to visit Egypt later this month, decried the bombings and expressed "deep condolences to my brother, Pope Tawadros II, the Coptic church and all of the dear Egyptian nation." Bishop Angaelos, theĀ General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom, expressed his condolences in a statement. "While it is still too early to determine responsibility, what is undeniable is the senseless and heartless brutality that can lead a person or people to indiscriminately take innocent lives, especially at the most vulnerable hour of prayer," he wrote in a statement. "Today we suffer with our sisters and brothers who have experienced losses in London, in Stockholm, and as well as those who continue to suffer on a daily basis across the Middle East. We pray for them and their families as well as their suffering and struggling communities," Bishop Angaelos said. President Donald Trump condemned the bombing. He tweeted that he is "so sad to hear of the terrorist attack" against the U.S. ally but added that he has "great confidence" that Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, "will handle the situation properly." The two leaders met at the White House earlier this week. Oklahoma Senator James Lankford drew attention to the Christians and other religious minority groups that have faced persecution in the recent years. "Today's Palm Sunday attack in Egypt on peaceful worshippers in their church is a horrible act of terrorism. Anti-religious and anti-Christian violence is alive and well throughout the Middle East, and the World," he wrote in a statement. "Radical Islamists kill Christians because they are Christians; Yezidis because they are Yezidis; and different Muslim sects because they believe in a different brand of Islam than them. The right to practice any faith, or have no faith, should be a fundamental human right of all people," he continued. The United States of America will always stand with people around the World who seek freedom of conscience and assembly." Egypt Declares State.......