Despite attack, Pope Shenouda will preside over Christmas Mass in Abbaseya cathedral
Ashraf Sadiq , Saturday 1 Jan 2011
The Coptic Church has confirmed that Pope Shenuda III will preside over Coptic Orthodox mass on 7 January

In an official church statement, Priest Armeia, the pope’s personal secretary, told Ahram Online that Pope Shenouda IIIwill preside as usualoverChristmas mass at the Saint Mark Cathedral in Abbaseya, taking place next Thursday evening.

He added “we feel sorry for what happened and it has severally grieved us, because it is very alien to the love and harmony in which the nation lives”.

The Pope assigned the tarchbishop of Beheira Governorate, Bakhmious, to head today’s funeral prayers over the bodies of yesterday’s explosion victims.