Monday 21 August 2017

Pope Francis pays tribute to 'martyrs' who died in Egypt massacre

Pope Francis described the victims of the bus massacre as
Pope Francis described the victims of the bus massacre as "martyrs"

Pope Francis has expressed his solidarity with Egypt's Coptic Christians following an attack on a bus carrying pilgrims to a remote desert monastery.

Francis led thousands of people in prayer on Sunday for the victims, who Francis said were killed in "another act of ferocious violence" after having refused to renounce their Christian faith.

Speaking from his studio window over St Peter's Square, Francis said: "May the Lord welcome these courageous witnesses, these martyrs, in his peace and convert the hearts of the violent ones."

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for Friday's attack, which killed 29 people.

On Saturday during a visit to Genoa, Francis prayed for the victims and lamented that there were more martyrs today than in early Christian times.

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