Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church holds funeral for late priest murdered in Alexandria

Ahram Online , Friday 8 Apr 2022

Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church held on Friday a funeral for late Coptic Archpriest Arsanios Wadid who was stabbed to death in the city of Alexandria Thursday evening.


The church held the funeral for the 56-year-old Wadid at Saint Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Alexandria.   

Arsanios Wadid was the priest of the Church of the Virgin Mary and Mar Boulos in the Karmouz neighbourhood of the Meharam Bek district, according to the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria.

The victim was stabbed with a knife while walking along the Mediterranean corniche in the Sidi Bishr district, according to statement by the Ministry of Interior. 

The Ministry of Interior announced that it had arrested a 60-year-old man who reportedly stabbed the priest.

Wadid, born in 1966, was ordained to the priesthood in 1995 by the late Pope Shenouda III, the former head of the Coptic Orthodox Church.

On Thursday, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Sheikh Ahmed El-Tayyeb condemned the crime and presented his condolences to the victim's family, the Coptic Orthodox Church and Egyptian Christians. 

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