2017-05-26 19:54:00

Russian Orthodox Church mourns victims of terror attack against Copts in Egypt

Moscow, May 26, Interfax - The Moscow Patriarchate has expressed condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims of an attack committed by armed people at two buses carrying Coptic Christians in Egypt's Minya Governorate in which up to 35 people were killed.

"The Russian Orthodox Church was deeply grieved to learn of recently committed terror attacks at the Christian minority at the outskirts of Cairo," Hieromonk Stefan (Igumnov), the secretary for Inter-Christian Relations at the Synodal Department for External Church Relations, told Interfax-Religion on Friday.

Such actions "have a provocative nature and aim at disrupting civil peace in Egypt, and the Egyptian people are well aware of that," he said.

"Christians and Muslims of this country resist such attempts together. His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Department for External Church Relations, offered their condolences to His Holiness Coptic Patriarch Tawadros II, who had concluded his visit to Russia just yesterday," the hieromonk said.