On 9 April bombs at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Alexandria and in St George’s Church, Tanta during Palm Sunday services killed at least 45 people and injured over 120. These attacks on the Coptic Christian community have been claimed by Islamic State. At a time when attacks are increasing, Palm Sunday was the worst day of violence targeting Christians in Egypt in recent times.
His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, the leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church, was inside St. Mark’s Church at the time but was not harmed.
His Grace Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the UK states that in the face of escalating attacks the Christian community in Egypt continues to resist the urge to react vengefully or reciprocally.