25 Dead in latest church bombing - Heavenly Father, protect your flock
FREE Catholic Classes
On Sunday morning, St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral's 105-year-old chapel was targeted by at least one bomb.
A bombing in Cairo has destroyed a church and killed at least 25 of its parishioners.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - At least 25 people were killed and another 49 were injured in the explosion, which destroyed sections of the church.
The bomb went off in the women's seating section, killing predominantly women and children.
No one has claimed responsibility for the attack and witnesses have several stories, including a bomb was left in the designated women's section and an assailant on a motorcycle threw it at the church.
The attack coincided with a national holiday honoring the birth of the prophet Muhammad, leading many to believe the bombing was also meant to deal damage in the prophet's name.
ISIS has been targeting Christian buildings for quite some time but this was the deadliest Egypt has seen in years.
Copts - Egypt's largest Christian denomination - met outside the cathedral later Sunday afternoon to protest the minister responsible for law enforcement.
The church was badly damaged and at least 25 have been reported dead.
Many have been victims of several forms of religious discrimination and have voiced their dissatisfaction with the government's lack of help.
One woman told reporters: "There was no security at the gate. They were all having breakfast inside their van."
"There were children," another parishioner cried. "What have they done to deserve this? I wish I had died with them instead of seeing those scenes."
Accusations continue to fly; meanwhile, tensions between the Muslim majority and Christian minorities continues to build.
Egypt's president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi was quoted saying: "The pain felt by Egyptians now will not go to waste, but will instead result in an uncompromising decisiveness to hunt down and bring to trial whoever helped - through inciting, facilitating, participating or executing - in this heinous crime."
Many Coptic Christians have rallied to Sisi's camp despite growing dissent with his leadership and lack of action on behalf of religious minorities.
Copyright 2019 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK
A South American missionary to Angola who is participating in the Amazon Synod at the invitation of the pope has said the proposal to ... continue reading
As a severe drought continues to devastate regions of Angola, the Catholic Church in the country is asking the government to declare a ... continue reading
Hundreds of African Catholics gathered last Sunday for an annual Mass in Philadelphia, blending cultures, languages, and attire from across ... continue reading
A Jesuit priest from Burkina Faso has made history as the first African to win the prestigious Ratzinger Prize, which honors the work and ... continue reading
Government officials in Burundi have accused the country's bishops of spreading hatred and division following a message from the bishops ... continue reading
Copyright 2019 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2019 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.
Catholic Online is a Project of Your Catholic Voice Foundation, a Not-for-Profit Corporation. Your Catholic Voice Foundation has been granted a recognition of tax exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Federal Tax Identification Number: 81-0596847. Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law.