A nun cries inside St. Peter’s Coptic Orthodox Church after a bombing on Dec. 11.
REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Adapted from the Archbishop of Canterbury’s website

Archbishop Justin Welby has joined his five fellow presidents of Churches Together in England in calling for prayer after the attack on Coptic Christians in Cairo on Dec. 11.

The six presidents have written:

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.

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