Pope Tawadros II has this afternoon received at the papal headquarters in Cairo the families of the martyrs and those who were injured in the 2 November shooting against Coptic pilgrims visiting the monastery of St Samuel the Confessor in the desert west of Minya, some 220km southwest Cairo. The pilgrims had come came from Minya and Sohag, some 250km and 400km respectively south of Cairo. Daesh, also known as the Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the shooting which left seven dead and more than 15 injured. The victims included women and children.
Pope Tawadros received the distressed Copts with fatherly warmth, talking words to comfort them and assuring them of the Church’s full support. He enquired about the health of those still receiving treatment in hospital, and prayed for and with them.
12 November 2018