Coptic Catholic Church cancels Christmas festivities in solidarity with Coptic Orthodox Church over Sunday bombing

Ahram Online , Thursday 15 Dec 2016

Ibrahim Isaac
File Photo: Ibrahim Isaac Sidrak, Patriarch of The Coptic Catholic Church in Egypt (L) and Pope Tawadros II of The Coptic Orthodox church (R) (Photo: Coptic Orthodox Church Spokesperson Facebook page)

Egypt’s Coptic Catholic Church has cancelled Christmas celebrations on 25 December at its churches in a show of solidarity with the Coptic Orthodox Church over Sunday’s church bombing, though Christmas mass will still be held on Christmas eve at Catholic churches, Church spokesperson Father Rafic Greiche told news outlets on Thursday.

The Cairo bombing at the Coptic Orthodox Church of St. Peter and St. Paul killed 25 people and injured more than 40 others.

The Coptic Orthodox Church celebrates Christmas on 7 January per the Julian calender.

Egypt's Coptic Catholic Church celebrates Christmas on 25 December per the Gregorian calender.

On Wednesday, the Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility for the bombing while vowing more attacks.

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