Coptic Pope Tawadros II called for calm among all parties to preserve the nation’s safety, Egyptians’ lives and national unity Sunday evening, after one person was reported dead and 29 injured in clashes at a Cairo cathedral that broke out after unknown assailants attacked a funeral.
The funeral was held Sunday at St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Church in Abbasseya, Cairo, for four Copts who were killed in the Qalyubiya Governorate town of Khosous in sectarian clashes Friday.
Clashes had continued on and off after the attack, but calm returned to the area by 7:30 pm Sunday evening amid a heavy security presence.
Tawadros said in a statement that he and the bishops and priests had followed the unfortunate events and expressed his deep regret for them. The pope stressed that he is in constant contact with government officials, especially the interior minister, and is praying for the injured and martyrs.
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