In Mourning for the martyrs of December 11, 2016 in Cairo

Yesterday morning 24 Coptic Christians worshiping in St. Mark's Cathedral in Cairo died in a terrorist bomb attack.  Most of the victims were women and children.

The President of Egypt named a 22-year-old suicide bomber as responsible for the attack, and said that others had been arrested in connection with the attack.  So far, according to news reports available to me at this writing, no group has claimed responsibility.

Today a funeral is taking place in Cairo, led by Pope Tawadros II of the Coptic Orthodox Church.

Archbishop Justin Welby today joined the presidents of Churches Together in England in the following statement:

‘We heard with deep sorrow and concern of the attack yesterday on St Peter’s Coptic Orthodox Church within the complex of St Mark’s Cathedral in Cairo as people gathered to worship. We pray for those who have lost loved ones that they may know God’s comforting presence. We pray too for the nation of Egypt as it mourns. As we prepare once more  to celebrate the coming of Christ, the Prince of Peace, our prayer is that all people of faith in Egypt, Muslims and Christians alike, may be strengthened in their quest for peace and their rejection of the crude and cruel tactics of the terrorists.’

Today is a day for mourning.