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Egypt's Pope Tawadros II leads mass on Palm Sunday, asks Christians to 'maintain innocence'

The Coptic Pope called on the Christian congregation to keep their hearts pure in the face of a world that has lost its innocence

Ahram Online , Sunday 1 Apr 2018
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File Photo: Coptic Pope Tawadros II, head of the Coptic Orthodox church, carries a censer of burning incense as he takes part in a ritual as part of a Coptic Orthodox Easter mass at the main cathedral in Cairo April 11, 2015 (Photo: Reuters)
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The head of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church, Pope Tawadros II, led the Palm Sunday mass at a church on Egypt's north coast on Sunday, and in his remarks commemorated the 47 victims of two bomb attacks on Palm Sunday 2017.

Pope Tawadros led the service at the Virgin and Saint Marina Church near El-Alamein, in the north-coast governorate of Matrouh, one year after two terrorist bombs struck churches in Tanta and Alexandria.

According to Al-Ahram Arabic website, Tawadros said that the Coptic Church remembered the victims of the attacks, referring to them as "martyrs".

The pope also called on people to maintain innocence in their hearts, like children "who are simple and innocent". He slammed the world in general for losing its innocence.

"Make your heart as white as palm heart," he told the assembled worshippers.

In April 2017, two terrorist bombings at St George Cathedral in Tanta and St Mark's Cathedral in Alexandria killed a total 47 worshippers in near-simultaneous attacks.

The Islamic State group claimed the attacks, which were timed to take place on Palm Sunday at the start of Holy Week.

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