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Coptic Christians pray, persevere after Egypt church bombings
A small child was among the survivors when the Islamic State attacked two Coptic Christian churches during Palm Sunday services April 9. TV screen capture

Coptic Christians pray, persevere after Egypt church bombings

Apr 11, 2017

ALEXANDRIA/TANTA, Egypt (BP) – As Coptic Christians bury an estimated 44 killed in terrorist bombings during Palm Sunday services in Egypt, the oldest Coptic church in the U.S. is praying for both the families of the Christian "martyrs" and the Islamic State (IS) that has claimed responsibility for the deaths.

The attacks at St. George's Church in Tanta and at St. Mark's Cathedral in Alexandria also wounded more than 125 worshippers, Morning Star News reported, making the bombings more deadly than the 2016 Christmas bombing at the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul in suburban Cairo. Last year's attack that killed 24 and wounded 50 had been considered Egypt's worst bombing against Christians in the nation's history.

In the U.S., the Coptic Orthodox Church of St. Mark in Jersey City, N.J., is praying and persevering, the church's deacon of public relations Joseph Ghabour said April 10.

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