Today, as the Executive Committee of the World Council of Churches began its meeting in Uppsala, Sweden, we received news of another attack against our Coptic Christian sisters and brothers in Egypt. It is reported that gunmen killed at least seven people and wounded 14 others in an attack on a bus driving towards a Coptic Christian monastery. We condemn this attack, and are holding the victims, their families, their communities and their church in prayer and solidarity.
This attack in Egypt is yet another abhorrent example of the rising incidence of hate-crimes against people based on their religious identity. We denounce it in the strongest possible terms, and call for urgent political and social action – and theological reflection – in all contexts in which such crimes take place to counter the hate and intolerance on which they are based, and to promote respect for diversity, for human dignity and rights, and for freedom of religion or belief for all.
CCSM expresses denunciation of the terrorist attack
The Catholic Center for Studies and Media in Jordan (CCM) has expressed its denunciation and condemnation of this terrorist attack that targeted a bus boarded by Copts who visited Monastery of Saint Samuel the Confessor in northern Egypt. May the souls of the martyrs rest in peace. May the Almighty God give solace, patience and faith to the relatives of the martyrs as well as heal the wounded.
O Lord, eternal rest grant unto the martyrs and let the perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
“Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for You are the One I praise.” (Jeremiah 17:14)