Egypt Copts mark Christmas Eve after bloody year

Egypt Copts mark Christmas Eve after bloody yearCoptic Orthodox Christians packed Egypt’s newly built Nativity of Christ Cathedral on Saturday for a Christmas Eve mass after a bloody year for a minority repeatedly targeted by jihadists. Police had bolstered security around the country’s churches for days, especially at the cathedral east of Cairo where President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi came to pay his respects to the ancient community. Sisi said the cathedral, in a new administrative capital Egypt is building, was a “message to the world, a message of peace and a message of love”.



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