Friday, April 14, 2006

It is Good Friday for Roman Catholics, Let Us pray for our Coptic Brothers and sisters who were attacked today.

This article is actually from the BBC (link).

From the article:

One person has been killed and at least 12 others injured by knife-wielding attackers at three churches in northern Egypt, police have said.

The attacks happened in Coptic Christian churches in Alexandria.

The simultaneous incidents took place during Friday Mass. Police say they have three men in custody.

Witnesses said clashes erupted between Christians and Muslims outside the churches, the Associated Press news agency reported.

Hundreds of Christians had gathered outside the churches in protest at the attacks, the agency said.

According to police reports, two people armed with knives attacked three churches. A third man was prevented from entering another church by security guards.

But the government later said there had been one assailant, who had attacked worshippers in two churches and been stopped from entering a third, AP reported.

According to an interior ministry statement, the number of injured was at least five, the agency said.

An employee at one of the churches told AFP news agency that people inside the church had fought back with sticks, but that the attacker had tried to escape through an underground passage.

On this Holy day, may we remember the suffering of our Lord, and see in it the suffering of our brothers and sisters. How many times do we look at the cross and wish that Christ would not suffer? How many times do we wish we could help Him?

We can!
With our prayers and support for the Coptic people, we can ease the suffering of the body of Christ here on earth.

Also, we can:

Contact Congress (link)

Support Coptic Orphans if you can (link)

And Pray. During this Holy Season and always, remember our brothers and sisters. May the Lord hold them to His heart in their suffering, as He always has.

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