Outrage over ISIS killings of Coptic Christians

MISSISSAUGA, ON, March 2, 2017 /CNW/ - The Coptic Orthodox Church of the Virgin Mary and St. Athanasius is outraged and saddened by the recent killings in barbaric fashion of Seven Coptic Christians in the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt within the last few weeks.

As events continue to unfold, we can confirm that these killings have resulted in the displacement of hundreds of Coptic Christian families from their homes, work and schools to a different governorate to escape for their safe keeping. This comes after the recent release of a video by the terrorist organization ISIS that states that Christians living in the city of Al-Arish, Egypt will be killed simply because they are Christians.

Coptic Christians in Egypt have endured 40 deaths, including the 29 victims at the bombing of the church on the grounds of the Cathedral in Cairo, Egypt. Every one of the deceased was targeted because of their Christian faith.

We recognize that during this time, a drastic wave of violence has occurred in Egypt and we are truly saddened by the loss of all life, including the deaths of police and army officers who too were attacked by the same terrorist group ISIS.

The Coptic Christians in Egypt for decades have suffered many attacks because of their faith and experienced significant loss of lives. However, the response has not been to fight back or to arm and seek revenge. On the contrary, Coptic Christians forgive in the spirit of seeking unity and prosperity for all Egyptians and Egypt.  This generosity shall not be taken lightly and must be reciprocated by all to seek justice and protection for all Coptic Christians.

We call on all world leaders to recognize the suffering endured by Coptic Christians and demand the full application of the law against all perpetrators of these heinous crimes. Immediate action needs to be taken especially with the increased targeting by ISIS.

We pray for the full repose of the souls of the deceased, comfort for their families and the safety and security the Coptic Christians to overcome the threats by ISIS.

SOURCE Canadian Coptic Centre

For further information: Hani Tawfilis, h.tawfilis@hotmail.com, (647) 241-2245

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