The Australian Christian Lobby has expressed its condolences to Coptic Christians following yesterday’s murderous church bombings in the Egyptian cities of Alexandria and Tanta.
ACL managing director, Lyle Shelton, said the Coptic Church had a history of persecution and said he was deeply saddened to learn of the latest attack which killed 44 Christians.
“We express our condolences and solidarity with Coptic Christians around the world including the tens of thousands of Australian Coptic Christians,” Mr Shelton said.
“These attacks have special significance for ACL because ACL’s Western Australian director, Dahlia Messiha, is a Coptic Christian.”
This attack is the latest in a string of assaults on Coptic Christians. In December 2016, a similar attack at the epicentre of the international Coptic Orthodox community, St Mark’s Cathedral in Cairo, killed 25 worshippers.
“No minority in any country should be subjected to violence simply for expressing their faith,” Mr Shelton said.
“President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has made significant progress in uniting the Christian and Muslim community, since taking government from the Brotherhood, but sadly these attacks still occur.
“The ACL offers its condolences to the families affected, and the greater Coptic community. We stand with the Coptic community during this time and will be praying for peace this Easter.”